Before the Adelaide Desalination Project began, critical environmental studies were conducted and an Independent Technical Review Panel was established to provide advice in relation to the scope, nature and extent of the range of marine environment studies undertaken.
A number of steps have been taken to ensure that the plant delivers one of the lowest carbon footprints of any desalination plant in the world, including:
100% renewable energy sourced from South Australia
on-site solar energy of 200 kW
harvested rainwater for non-potable re-use
- a wetlands treatment scheme
The independent panel released a statement early in 2009, regarding the EIS, EIS Response Document and SA Water's approach.
To find out more about the environmental studies and monitoring programs view:
- Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Project – includes comprehensive information about the Project and how risks will be managed and mitigated
Operating Licence and Marine Monitoring
AdelaideAqua, the multi-national consortium contracted to design, construct and operate the Adelaide Desalination Plant, has been issued an operating licence by the South Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). The licence includes the requirement to maintain healthy salinity levels in the coastal waters at Port Stanvac. AdelaideAqua has been undertaking salinity monitoring since July 2010 and continues to do so now that the plant is operational.
For more information, follow the links below:
To find out more about customers receiving water watch videos of our staff talking about the project or view this video, taken in early April 2013, of marine life near one of the plant's outfall diffusers.
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