The ERA Water Project is a long term regional project designed to provide an alternative water source to SA Water’s portable water system to water reserves, parks and playing ovals on the eastern side of Adelaide for the benefit of local Councils and their Communities.
(Project Area Map Showing Pipelines and Pump Stations)
There are 3 neighbouring Councils running this project; the Cities of Burnside and Norwood Payneham and St Peters, and the Town of Walkerville. Campbelltown City Council was a partner to this project initially however withdrew in March 2015. Council's association with the project going forward will be as a facilitator of infrastructure in its area, and a potential water customer.
The aims and benefits of the project include:
- Reduced impact of water restrictions during drought periods; improved capacity for Councils, including Campbelltown City Council, and organisations to water their local facilities when Adelaide is in drought
- Reduced demand on the city’s potable (drinking) water system
- Water collected and stored will be cheaper to purchase than SA Water’s supply system.
In August 2016, Council approved the establishment of an easement on the northern side of the Gums Reserve for the installation of a water tank and pump associated with the ERA Water Project.
(ERA Water Shakespeare Avenue Plan)
A range of other locations were considered and discounted by both Council and ERA Water. The location selected provides the best solution for collecting, storing and pumping water across the Campbelltown City Council area for future use.
By approving the easement and construction of a water tank and pump on its land, Council is improving the potential to purchase water for use on several of its sportsfields in both drought and non-drought conditions in years to come. A secondary benefit is that the water will be cheaper than SA Water, thereby assisting Council’s bottom line from a financial perspective.
For further information about this project, visit ERA Water or contact the project team on 1300 309 660.