Whyalla’s water is a top drop

17-11-2017

Whyalla’s water is a top drop

Did you know when you turn on the tap at home or at work, the water that flows out is South Australia's award winning drop from Morgan in the Riverland?

Water produced at Morgan is pumped through a 379 km pipeline to Whyalla, supporting cities and towns on its way through the Mid North, en route to the far west coast of Eyre Peninsula.

SA Water opened the gates of its Morgan Water Treatment Plant to explain how drinking water is treated and supplied to more than 130,000 residents from the Riverland and to Whyalla, before journeying further west.

It takes the treatment plant around 90 minutes to turn raw water from the River Murray into the safe, clean water judged 'Best Tasting Water in South Australia’ by an expert panel for the last two years running.

The high achieving tap water went on to compete for the title of 'Best Tasting Water in Australia 2017' at the national awards in Tasmania last month, narrowly missing out to water from Toowoomba in Queensland.

Morgan is one of 43 water treatment facilities that SA Water operates around the state, and it is about to further improve the quality of drinking water and its capacity through a $15 million upgrade.

The plant produced 29,853 million litres of drinking water last year, which is around 40 per cent of the 75,797 million litres SA Water supplied to country South Australia.

SA Water’s Senior Manager of Production and Treatment, Lisa Hannant, said a reliable supply of safe, clean water is vital for community health and wellbeing, and is SA Water’s top priority.

“We take pride in making sure our customers have safe, clean and clear drinking water every time they turn on tap,” Lisa said.

“Raw water from the River Murray typically contains suspended dirt, organic material and microorganisms, so it goes through a number of processes to clean and treat it.

“First we clump impurities together, which settles and separates sediment. Then we use filters to cleanse the water of any fine particles, before chloramine is added to disinfect the water and kill microorganisms.

“We use chloramine to disinfect the water at Morgan because it’s better at maintaining the level of disinfection needed to prevent microorganisms re-growing while it flows through the very long pipeline to Whyalla.

“Fluoride is also added, at the recommendation of SA Health, as it's a proven way to improve dental health.

SA Water’s comprehensive water testing regime ensures quality is maintained throughout the production process and that water provided to customers complies with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

“Customers are at the heart of everything we do, and managing and monitoring the processes to deliver safe drinking water is a major focus of our work in Morgan and across the state.

“Our expert employees collect and analyse more than 250,000 water samples each year from a variety of locations, from catchment to tap,” she said.

Water samples are tested in the field, and by scientists in SA Water’s world-leading laboratories in Adelaide.

Up-to-date water quality results are published at sawater.com.au where customers can find detailed information about what’s in their water by postcode or suburb.

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