Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme (NAIS)

Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme (NAIS)

Registration of interest for NAIS water are now open.

Complete the NAIS Registration of Interest Template below and email it to nais@sawater.com.au.

The $155.6 million Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme (NAIS) will see new water treatment facilities built within the Bolivar precinct to increase its production of recycled irrigation water by 60 per cent.

The NAIS is jointly funded by the South Australian and Australian Governments. This comprises a $45.6 million contribution from the Federal National Water Infrastructure Development Fund; a matching $45.6 million contribution from the State Government; with the remaining $64.4 million to be funded by NAIS participants through connection fees, availability charges, and metered water use charges.

This project will deliver up to 12 GL (Stage 1) of reclaimed water suitable for commercial food production. NAIS infrastructure will treat, store, and transport climate and season independent water to the farm gate. The infrastructure will be planned for up to 20GL to enable future growth.

The project is on track to deliver first water to customers in 2019.

Construction contracts will be awarded in a staged approach to align with project milestones, with the first construction contract awarded to Leed Engineering and Construction and their Joint Venture partner Valoriza Agua (Leed-Valoriza JV).

Construction started in April 2018.

Project Proposals

The Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme (NAIS) will deliver high quality, climate-independent reclaimed water for agrifood production and export to national or international markets.

This project represents a once in a generation opportunity for advanced agribusinesses to secure a long-term supply of reliable, climate-independent water and supply the booming food export markets in Asia and across the globe efficiently, sustainably and profitably.

The United Nations World Population Prospects report forecasts world food demand increasing between 59 per cent and 98 per cent by 2050. Asian food demand is also expected to double, with China accounting for 43 per cent of growth, and India for 13 per cent.

NAIS water is ideal for large-scale advanced glasshouse horticulture, nurseries, floriculture, protected orchards and vine crops, premium irrigated field crops, feedlots and intensive poultry businesses.

The Northern Adelaide Plains are the largest protected cropping area in Australia. With ready access to skilled labour, transport, storage, and logistics facilities, food processors and manufacturers, the region is an ideal base for agrifood production for national and international export markets—all within 45 minutes of Adelaide’s CBD.

This project will deliver up to 12 GL (Stage 1) of reclaimed water suitable for commercial food production. NAIS infrastructure will treat, store, and transport climate- and season-independent water to the farm gate under pressure. NAIS water is price-indexed for 45 years and tradeable within the scheme.

SA Water is a recognised world leader in water reclamation, with more than 20 years’ experience operating reclaimed water schemes.

Contact

Michael Edgecombe
Business Development Manager, SA Water
+61 8 7424 1132
+61 438 830 925
michael.edgecombe@sawater.com.au

Bengy Paolo
Director Major Programs, Rural Solutions SA
+61 8 8429 0202
+61 417 088 379
bengy.paolo@sa.gov.au

Government Support

NAIS will be jointly funded by a grant of $45.6 million from the Federal, National Water Infrastructure Development Fund (NWIDF) Capital Component; a matching commitment of $45.6 million from the State Government; and $64.4 million from NAIS participants through connection fees, availability charges, and metered water use charges.

Stakeholder Engagement

We have been engaging with the Northern Adelaide Plains community about recycled water storage for the scheme. Read more about the engagement here.

Construction

South Australian company Leed Engineering and Construction and their joint venture partner Valoriza Agua (Leed-Valoriza JV) have been awarded a $44 million contract for the first stage of construction of the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme.

New infrastructure will include a new advanced water recycling plant, a large transfer main, pump stations, above- and below-ground storage, and a distribution network. The infrastructure is separate to the existing Virginia Pipeline Scheme (VPS) which already supplies recycled water to the Virginia area.

The preferred location for the above-ground (earth banked storage) has been identified at the corner of Hart Road and Porter Road, Korunye. This location was chosen based on community feedback SA Water received during a community consultation period in April 2018.  

Construction of the new recycled water pipeline commenced in April 2018 at the Bolivar Wastewater Treatment Plant. The new recycled water main will be laid in stages with construction moving along the pipe alignment as the works progress. The majority of the main will be laid in road reserve. We are anticipating bulk earthworks for the above-ground storage in Korunye to commence October 2018. The project is on track to deliver first water to customers in 2019.

Around 150 jobs will be created during the construction phase of the project.

SA Water and its contractors are committed to keeping construction impacts to a minimum. However, you may notice temporary road closures and detours, heavy vehicles associated with the construction, noise from machinery and possible dust or mud from excavation. Traffic management will be in place throughout the works to ensure the safety of the crew and the community. Temporary site compounds will be established to store pipe, materials and equipment while construction is underway.

For further information regarding the NAIS project please email nais@sawater.com.au or call 1300 650 950.