South Australians pay the price for Labor’s stormwater ignorance

South Australian taxpayers are paying the price for Labor’s decision to unnecessarily double the size of Adelaide’s desalination plant while ignoring stormwater harvesting opportunities.

South Australian taxpayers are paying the price for Labor’s decision to unnecessarily double the size of Adelaide’s desalination plant while ignoring stormwater harvesting opportunities.
 
A three-year study by South Australia’s Goyder Institute shows that recycling stormwater could have been a cheaper alternative to desalinated water with the potential to harvest 60 gigalitres in Adelaide annually.
 
Labor’s decision to double the 50 gigalitre Port Stanvac $1.8 billion desalination plant and then mothball the facility has contributed significantly to South Australia’s water bills being the highest in the country.
 
Acting Shadow Minister for Water and the River Murray Tim Whetstone said Labor continues to deny the potential of stormwater harvesting.
 
“Every South Australian is paying the price for the Weatherill Labor Government’s ignorance in the diversity that stormwater can offer the state’s water supply,” said Mr Whetstone.
 
“The study shows that harvesting stormwater is a cheaper option that using desalinated seawater.
 
“What is clear is that we need to do better with available stormwater and invest in our alternative water supplies.
 
“South Australia must reduce its reliance on the River Murray and reusing stormwater each year is a cheaper and more realistic option to diversify the state’s water supplies.
 
Mr Whetstone said the State Liberals have strong policy points on stormwater harvesting.
 
“Labor’s lack of investment in stormwater harvesting comes at the cost of South Australian taxpayers as water bills continue to sky rocket.
 
“After more than 12 years of Jay Weatherill and Labor, water bills have exploded by 236 per cent and taxpayers are constantly hit by increasing water prices.”   

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