SA Water is hosting community forums on Kangaroo Island this week to have open conversations about how the island’s water supply is being managed now and into the future.
The three drop-in sessions are being jointly-run with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) and Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management (NRM) Board.
SA Water’s Manager of Water Security Planning Glyn Ashman said they want to hear any concerns people may have on topics such as water security, and balancing community demand with supporting economic development initiatives.
"Our primary role is to ensure we continue to supply clean and safe drinking water to the island," Glyn said.
"To achieve this, we regularly review water demand forecasts and work closely with stakeholders, such as the Kangaroo Island Council and Kangaroo Island NRM, to make sure we’re taking into account key local issues."
As the main drinking water source for the island, the Middle River Reservoir currently supplies around 1600 SA Water customers.
SA Water’s Penneshaw Desalination Plant also delivers water to around 300 customers.
"Our latest assessment of drinking water sources on the island shows there is adequate supply from the Middle River system for the foreseeable future," Glyn said.
"This is partly due to a continued reduction in demand, but we have also improved supply to customers through investing in upgrades of our infrastructure over the past few years.
"We will continue to monitor the island’s drinking water supply, but if there are specific or targeted ways we can further support the local community’s water needs, we want to hear these from people.
"The feedback we receive from this week’s forums will play an important part of our water security planning and we intend to keep the community updated on these plans."
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