The north of the state is SA Water's biggest supply area. Extending from the northern Murray and across the far north of the state, this region covers 858,078 km2.
It encompasses some of South Australia's most remote areas and includes the regional centres of Port Augusta, Whyalla and Port Pirie. It also includes the Clare Valley and northern parts of the Riverland, including Waikerie, Berri and Renmark.
Communities along the River Murray, and towns between Morgan and Whyalla, receive treated River Murray water. Remote communities rely on local catchments or ground water supplies. In 2014, we completed a desalination plant to bring better quality water to the township of Hawker.
In this region we serve about 150,000 people. We maintain more than 8,000 km of water mains, more than 500 km of sewers, and five wastewater treatment plants. Nearly 200 people are employed to maintain the area's operations.
SA Water customers in Goolwa and surrounding areas, including Goolwa Beach, Goolwa South, Goolwa North and Hindmarsh Island may currently be experiencing discoloured or milky water coming out of their taps.
This water remains safe to drink.
During recent planned maintenance in the area, some existing sediment in the local water supply network has been stirred up, resulting in the discoloured water.
We are working hard to resolve the issue, and we are flushing out the discoloured water. Given the size of the water network in the area, this may take some time. At this stage, we are hoping water supply will return to normal by Friday afternoon.
We will continue to monitor the situation, and provide updates on our website and Facebook page.
For further information or any questions, please contact us on 1300 SA WATER.