Water for the Hawker township comes from a local groundwater basin. The water is very hard. It's high in total dissolved solids, which makes the water very salty. Even though the water meets Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (2011) health criteria, local residents consider it too salty to drink.
We worked with the Flinders Ranges Council from 2012 to find a solution that would work in a remote location.
The result was the Hawker Desalination Plant. The plant began operating in August 2014. The plant is capable of producing 500 kL of drinking water per day.
The desalination plant reduces salt levels to less than 600 milligrams per litre.