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 was constructed in response to massive population growth at the end of the 1950s – Adelaide’s population was around half a million people due to post-war 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
  • 35
  • 70



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Capacity, volume and rainfall levels across reservoirs supplying metropolitan Adelaide, compared to last month last year
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  • Major faults

  • Underway

  • Abbotshall Rd
  • Hawthorn
  • 25/03/2019
  • Water Supply On
  • 25/03/2019 11:13 PM - We are attending to an incident in Hawthorn with no interruption to the water supply. The safety of our crews and customers comes first, and we always aim to minimise inconvenience by restoring services as quickly as we can. Reference Number WO: 06860423.
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  • Scheduled works

  • Underway
  • Roberts Rd
  • Wirrulla
  • 26/03/2019
  • Temporary Supply Interruption
  • Estimated start time and water supply off: 26/03/2019 09:00 AM
    Estimated restore time and water supply back on: 26/03/2019 04:00 PM

    We’re improving your services and undertaking maintenance work in Wirrulla. Sometimes our crews need to temporarily interrupt the water supply to our customers and/or manage traffic while they are working. Temporary traffic management may remain in place until reinstatement of the impacted road is complete. We always aim to minimise inconvenience by restoring services as safely and quickly as we can.

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