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Efficiency measure projects in South Australia

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Efficiency measures

Efficiency measures are an agreed component of the Basin Plan to recover 450 gigalitres of water. This water aims to deliver enhanced environmental outcomes throughout the Murray system, including floodplains in NSW and Victoria, and is particularly important for maintaining the health of the Coorong and Lower Lakes.

Efficiency measures projects improve water use practices and save water for the environment. They are part of the Basin Plan’s Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment Mechanism, which is in place to benefit the environment and communities across the Murray-Darling Basin.

As part of the agreement under the Murray Darling Basin Plan, $1.5 billion is available from the Australian Government to improve water efficiency and return 450 gigalitres of water to the environment by 2024.

Five types of projects can receive funding:

  • Urban water efficiency projects
  • Industrial water efficiency projects
  • Off-farm projects
  • Metering projects
  • On-farm projects.

As well as benefiting irrigators, communities and the environment, this funding better prepares irrigators and communities to manage the impacts of a changing climate by improving water use practices and saving water.

Importantly, projects need to have positive or neutral socio-economic impacts on Murray Darling Basin communities and industries and water savings must be verified by an independent approved irrigation professional.

In South Australia, investments in water saving infrastructure through the Basin Plan have resulted in increased individual and community productivity and the return of water to the environment.

Efficiency measure projects in South Australia

In South Australia there are two project pathways:

  • State-led projects are developed and submitted by the South Australian government and, if agreed, will be delivered and funded in accordance with an agreed Commonwealth – State project agreement
  • The Water Efficiency Program is delivered by the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and provides funding for modern and more efficient infrastructure to reduce water consumption.

The South Australian Government has finalised one feasibility study and anticipates completing a second feasibility study on ways to substitute River Murray water for alternative water sources in an urban setting.   The first feasibility study into using the Adelaide Desalination Plant to substitute for River Murray Water has been completed and the findings have been published in the final report. The second state led project is investigating the opportunity to substitute River Murray water with treated stormwater and waste water in some metropolitan Adelaide local council areas. This feasibility study is due to be completed by mid-2021.

Information about the Water Efficiency Program, including approved delivery partners, eligibility criteria and how to apply, is available from the Department for Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

Find out about other irrigation industry opportunities.

Socio-economic assessment

Water Efficiency Program applications to undertake water saving projects in South Australia will be assessed against the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council additional socio-economic criteria in accordance with the application assessment process.

Queries about the assessment of applications against the additional socio-economic criteria in South Australia can be sent to DEW.EfficiencyMeasures@sa.gov.au.

The outcome of South Australian projects assessed against the socio-economic criteria are recorded in the tables below and also available as an overall summary:

Table 1. Projects compliant with socio-economic criteria that have undergone public consultation and been approved for funding by the Australian Government

Project type

Link to proposal

Location

Total water saving (ML)

Water recovery (ML)


Increase in water available for production (ML) as a result of the project (retained by applicant)

On-farm

377618

New Residence

69.9

14.2

55.7

On-farm

593879

Lyrup

28.7

3.1

25.6

On-farm

34765

Lyrup

165

104.3

60.7

On-farm

492985

Waikerie

77

50.5

26.5

On-farm

250766

Langhorne Creek

4.9

3.3

1.6

Total

 

 

345.5

175.4

170.1

Table 2. Projects compliant with socio-economic criteria that have undergone public consultation and not been approved for funding by the Australian Government

Type of project

Link to proposal

Location

Total water saving (ML)

Water recovery (ML)

Increase in water available for production (ML) as a result of the project (retained by applicant)

-

-

-

-

-

-

Table 3. Projects compliant with socio-economic criteria that have undergone public consultation, been recommended by the South Australian Government and are currently subject to detailed assessment by the Australian Government

Type of project

Link to proposal

Location

Date SA approval granted

Total water saving (ML)

Water recovery (ML)

Increase in water available for production (ML) as a result of the project (retained by applicant)

On-farm

84383

Barmera

18/12/20

27.4

6.7

20.7

On-farm

981448

Murray Bridge

18/12/20

30.3

10.7

19.6

On-farm

267387

Pyap

18/12/20

174.9

154.30

20.6

On-farm

78251

Cooltong/ Renmark

18/12/20

123.0

99.9

23.1

On-farm

953607

Winkie

18/12/20

16.0

5.0

11.0

On-farm

91035

Loxton North

18/12/20

17.6

11.4

6.2

Total

 

 

 

389.2

288

101.2

Table 4. Projects compliant with socio-economic criteria that have received in-principle approval from the South Australian Government and recommended to proceed to the Australian Government public consultation stage

Type of project

Link to proposal

Location

Date SAin-principle approval granted

Total water saving (ML)

Water recovery (ML)

Increase in water available for production (ML) as a result of the project (retained by applicant)

On-farm

793278

Loxton North

15/9/20

13.5

8.4

5.1

On-farm

325939

Renmark

15/9/20

33.8

16.3

17.5

On-farm

414923

Overland Corner

6/10/20

48.1

29.6

18.5

On-farm

386869

Lyrup

6/10/20

89.2

29.9

59.3

On-farm

929814

Lyrup

22/12/20

105.9

24.3

81.6

On-farm

483049

Glossop

22/12/20

28.2

18.4

9.8

On-farm

763514

Cobdogla

22/12/20

12.9

3.9

9

Total

 

 

 

331.6

130.8

200.8

Table 5. Projects that did not proceed to public consultation

Type of project

Link to proposal

Location

Total water saving (ML)

Environmental water recovery (ML)

Increase in water available for production (ML) as a result of the project (retained by applicant)

State led - Urban

Adelaide Desalination Plant

Adelaide Metropolitan Area

30,000

30,000

-

 

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