Monday, November 2, 2009

Adelaide stormwater harvesting to be tripled

Greg Kelton in Adelaide Now (Australia): More than three times as much stormwater will be harvested and recycled in Adelaide, with a series of projects to benefit from $150 million in new funding. The Federal Government today announced it had given the go-ahead for funding to numerous stormwater conservation projects around Adelaide.

The projects will more than triple the annual stormwater harvest from the current six billion litres to more than 20 billion litres. The State Government will contribute $45 million and the Commonwealth $65 million, with the remainder coming from local government.

Federal Water Minister Penny Wong paid tribute to No Pokies Senator Nick Xenophon for his role in seeking extra funding for stormwater harvesting while negotiating the passage of the Commonwealth's stimulus package through the Senate.

Premier Mike Rann said the projects would give a substantial lift to stormwater harvesting in SA, while Water Security Minister Karlene Maywald said it showed the Government was committed to diversifying the state's water supplies….

Adelaide at dusk, shot by Alphax, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License

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