South Para Reservoir

South Para Reservoir

The South Para Reservoir is the newest and largest of the reservoirs in the South Para System. It was built to supply rapidly growing urban and industrial areas.

Construction began in 1949 but wasn't completed until 1958 because of the huge demand on funds and resources post the Second World War. One of the key projects that caused the delay was the Mannum to Adelaide Pipeline.

South Para reservoir as constructed in response to massive population growth at the end of the 1950’s – Adelaide’s population was around ½ million people due to postwar immigration and a focus on industrial development.

South Para is the second largest reservoir in South Australia. Because of its size and location in the catchment area, the reservoir fills infrequently.

Capacity: 45,330 megalitres.

If this reservoir supplied the whole state, how long would this last? About 77 days.

Area of water spread: 400 hectares.

Public access: No.

Current reservoir level: For current volume please click on the map below.

Construction of the South Para reservoir in 1915

South Para Spillway Upgrade

South Para Upgraded Embankment

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Total South Para Reservoir level
  • 88
  • 95



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Capacity, volume and rainfall levels across reservoirs supplying metropolitan Adelaide, compared to last month last year
Capacity (GL) Volume this week (GL) Volume this week (%) Volume this week last year (GL) Average Volume this month (GL) Rainfall this week (mm)

  • Major faults

  • Reported

  • HMAS Australia Road
  • Henley Beach South
  • 18/12/2017
  • Water Off
  • 18/12/2017 3:26 PM - We are on-site responding to an incident in Henley Beach South. Our crews may remain on site to perform further work. Traffic restrictions may also apply. Reference Number WO:06151098

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  • Scheduled works

  • Underway
  • Port Rd
  • Woodville
  • 18/12/2017
  • Supply Interruption
  • Estimated start time (water off): 20/12/2017 10:00 AM
    Estimated restore time (water back on): 20/12/2017 02:00 PM

    We’re committed to improving your services and are undertaking maintenance work in Woodville. Water supply in the surrounding area may be impacted during the above times. Traffic restrictions may also apply.

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