Kauwi Interpretive Centre
The Kauwi Interpretive Centre enables us to continue our engagement with the community. This interactive centre provides a venue where community groups, students and industry experts can learn more about desalination, water and the cultural history of the local Kaurna people.
Named after the Kaurna word for water, the centre reflects the importance of water to all life. The centre features interpretive signage, an open gallery with static and digital displays, artefacts found on the site and a balcony with views of the ADP and surrounding landscape. You can also walk through the Bushtukka Garden which features local plants historically used by the Kaurna people.
- Visitors to the centre will be able to learn about:
- the science and technology of desalination
- climate and sustainability challenges in South Australia and throughout the world
- water issues unique to our state and how we solve them
- the Kaurna Aboriginal culture and the importance of water in a cultural context.
Community Engagement Engaging the community has been central to the development of the Adelaide Desalination Project. Since major works began at the site in 2009 more than 15,000 community members, international visitors, community groups and school children have visited the site. SA Water has also held over 200 community presentations to talk about the project and respond to the community questions and concerns.
Engagement efforts included a Stakeholder Liaison Group for the desalination project's design and construction phase. This group assisted the AdelaideAqua project team to identify local issues related to the project and to share information with their communities. The group included representatives from local government, business, environmental groups and the southern community.
Delivering desalinated water to customersThe Adelaide Desalination Plant (ADP) has been producing drinking water since October 2011. As of March 2013, the plant has produced more than 30 billion litres of drinking water – the equivalent of 12,000 Olympic sized swimming pools.
Desalinated water mixes with water treated at the Happy Valley Water Treatment Plant before entering the Happy Valley distribution network. However, the now completed North South Interconnection System Project (NSISP) enables us to deliver this desalinated water to customers in both Adelaide’s northern and southern suburbs.
Environmental benefitsThe plant has been recognised as the most capital efficient desalination plant in Australia with the lowest operating cost per megalitre of desalinated drinking water produced. It also delivers one of the lowest carbon footprints of any desalination plant in the world through the utilisation of energy efficient water treatment processes:
- run on 100% renewable energy sourced from South Australia
- can produce 200 kW of on-site solar energy
- harvests rainwater for non-potable re-use
- captures stormwater
- utilises a wetlands treatment scheme
Kauwi Interpretive Centre
For bookings and further information:
Kauwi Centre Brochure
Phone (08) 7424 2223
Community/ Technical Groups
Phone (08) 7424 3604
To find out more about desalination watch videos of our staff talking about the project.
Fact sheets to inform you of key information about the plant and the desalination process include: