$8 million water infrastructure tender opens in October
Date posted: 27 September 2017
Mount Lofty Ranges construction, engineering and hydrological design companies can soon apply to be contractors for an $8 million infrastructure tender to support water catchment health in the region.
The tender seeks multiple companies to construct up to 500 pieces of infrastructure across the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges that allow small amounts of water to pass downstream of dams and watercourse diversions.
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) program leader Kym Rumbelow said earlier installation of thousands of dams and watercourse diversions across the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges has changed the pattern and amount of water flowing through the region.
“This has caused a reduction in low flows and negatively impacted the region’s water catchments and ecosystem health,” Mr Rumbelow said.
“The installation of low flow devices – as part of the Flows for the Future program - is essential for the region to maintain a connected healthy ecosystem, improve water quality and to support plant and animal life, while maximising the amount of water available for use.
“The low flow devices will vary in design depending on several factors including dam sizes, flow rates, soil type and the topography of the site.
“We are looking for a range of skills and experience to tackle the potential complexity at different sites such as experience in water flow detection, water diversion and pumping, minor earthworks like trenching and water pipe works, concrete forming, solar power and telemetered systems.”
The tender for applications is expected to open in October.
To receive a notification when the tender opens go to www.tenders.sa.gov.au
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The successful applicants will be announced by the end of 2017.
Flows for the Future is a $13.48 million program funded by the Australian ($12.139 million) and South Australian ($1.349 million) governments. The program is due for completion in 2019.
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