We only draw drinking water from one river - the River Murray. Other rivers and streams play a role in feeding water into our reservoirs and ground water supplies. The Murray has been a central part of the development of water supply for South Australia. The Adelaide Desalination Plant was built to reduce reliance on the River Murray. Before the plant was built we had to rely on the river for more than 90% of our water in dry years. The Adelaide Desalination Plant can now provide for up to 50% of Adelaide's water needs. This water can be supplied even when there is no rain.
The river also provides water to regional communities. Major pipelines carry water from the river across the state. This is a clear indication of why the river plays such an important part in our lives.
You can read more about the Murray's place in SA Water's history here.
Visit our River Murray section to see how we are helping to manage the river to make sure it is a sustainable source of water into the future. You can also access our River Murray data including daily flow and salinity reports.