Iron Removal Plants (IRP)

Iron Removal Plants (IRP)

Many South Australian groundwater sources contain elevated iron concentrations. The presence of iron in water does not pose a risk to human health, but it can lead to brown discolouration and possible staining of fixtures and washing. IRPs are a simplified version of conventional water treatment plants, where chlorine is added to oxidise the iron to an insoluble form that precipitates naturally, forming small floc. The iron floc is removed from the water by filtration through sand media. SA Water is currently engaged in a program to upgrade many iron removal plants by installing facilities to capture and reprocess backwash water. This will reduce the amount of groundwater extracted and minimise environmental impact. 

A listing of the IRPs can be found here

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  • 15/12/2019
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  • 15/12/2019 05:15 PM - We are attending to an incident in Glenelg East 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: 07254795.
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  • 15/12/2019
  • Temporary Supply Interruption
  • Estimated start time and water supply off: 17/12/2019 09:00 AM
    Estimated restore time and water supply back on: 17/12/2019 06:00 PM

    We’re improving your services and undertaking maintenance work in Toorak Gardens. 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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