One of Australia’s great engineering feats, the Mannum Adelaide pipeline, turns 50 today and SA Water will hold a special event in Mannum this weekend (Saturday 2 April) to celebrate.
Revolutionary for its time, the pipeline — built by the E&WS from 1949 to 1955 — starts in Mannum and travels 60 kilometres over the Mt Lofty ranges, crossing creeks, gullies and roads all the way to Adelaide.
SA Water Chief Executive Anne Howe says South Australia has always needed to work harder and smarter to secure reliable water supplies.
“The Mannum Adelaide pipeline is a shining example of smart minds and great workers coming together and, with sheer determination, delivering a great benefit to the State - in this case, precious water to the growing capital,” Ms Howe said.
“The pipeline has contributed to the health and welfare of the people of Adelaide and helped grow a city, allowing us to live the lifestyle we all enjoy.”
The pipeline was officially launched by then Premier Thomas Playford on 31 March 1955.
“Our Mannum celebration will acknowledge the extraordinary vision of the E&WS employees of the past and will reflect on our contribution to the development of the State,” Ms Howe said.
“SA Water remains committed to the continual improvement of water services and regional development in the State, as well as to a sustainable future for all South Australians. When we celebrate events such as this, we are mindful of how we want South Australians to celebrate our achievements in another 50 years’ time.”
Gates at the Mannum Pumping Station will be open from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday 2 April and the community will be invited to enjoy free 50s entertainment by Andy & The Rockits and a barbeque. SA Water’s popular “Squirt Squad” will also be on the prowl providing fresh chilled water free of charge.
SA Water will conduct guided tours of the Mannum Pumping Station. There will be a historical display showing photographs of the opening in 1955, pipeline statistics and a project overview. A video which includes footage taken at Mannum in 1955 will also be played.