Speaking this week ahead of World Water Day, SA Water chief executive John Ringham says the four categories combine to make an "exceptionally broad" strategy, borne out of many years of investigation rather than being a hasty response to the drought. He says the current conditions and onset of climate change have caused long-term water security to become an urgent issue but much of the work underway now stems from years of planning.
The Waterproofing Adelaide strategy, released in 2003, has provided a base which is now being fast tracked. "A lot of base work comes out of the Waterproofing Adelaide strategy that looked at securing
Increasing the storage capacity of the
Mr Ringham says the immediate problem with harvesting stormwater is there is very little to collect because of the lack of rain.
…Each 1000 litres of water weighs one tonne, which would need to be pumped across thousands of kilometres across
"It is more effective and efficient to source a local source of water than a pipe out from the far north of
"We have seen a significant reduction in demand and it has been maintained – the response of our customers to the restrictions has been tremendous," he said. "With these things in place, we are in a good position to move forward and have a much more secure water supply for both