Review shows Eyre Peninsula’s drinking water supplies secure to 2024-25
The annual review of Eyre Peninsula’s water demand and supply shows the region’s drinking water can now be considered secure until at least 2024-25 - 4 years longer than February 2013 estimates.
The projection comes from the annual review of the Eyre Peninsula Demand and Supply Statement – an initiative of the State Government’s Water for Good plan.
“This current adjustment is based on updated projections which show population growing at a lower rate than originally estimated,” DEWNR’s Executive Director for Water and Climate Change, Julia Grant said.
The 2013 annual review was released last Friday at Wudinna Community Club where the Regional Eyre Peninsula Water Security Reference Group met to discuss the findings with EPNRM Board, SA Water, EPLGA, local councils and Regional Development Australia (Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula).
The Presiding Member of the EP Natural Resources Management Board Heather Baldock said the previous annual review of the statement, released in February 2013, indicated that demand for drinking-quality water was projected to exceed supply in 2020-21.
“While this is good news, the Board will continue to remain vigilant and ensure that we continue to review supply and demand. Ms Baldock said that the EP NRM Board expects to release a draft of the new Water Allocation Plan for the Southern Basins and Musgrave Prescribed Wells Areas later this year which will further improve how allocations are determined.
“The Eyre Peninsula community will have an opportunity to comment on drafts of the new plan,” she said.