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

  • Major faults

  • Reported

  • Murray Rd
  • Port Noarlunga
  • 25/06/2018
  • Water Off
  • Last Updated: 25/06/2018 07:54 PM - We are on-site responding to an incident in Port Noarlunga. Water may not be available in the surrounding area until 25/06/2018 11:00 PM. Traffic restrictions may also apply. Reference Number WO: 06423024.
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  • Scheduled works

  • Underway
  • Gladstone Rd
  • Prospect
  • 13/06/2018
  • Supply Interruption
  • Estimated start time (water off): 13/06/2018 09:00 AM
    Estimated restore time (water back on): 13/06/2018 06:00 PM

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


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