SA Water has asked Kangaroo Island residents and visitors to limit the use of non-essential drinking water to preserve water storage levels following indicators that bushfires have impacted the Middle River Water Treatment Plant and pumping operations responsible for supplying drinking water in Kingscote, Parndana and surrounding areas.

While the Penneshaw Desalination Plant and supply network is currently unaffected and operating normally, customers in this area should also limit non-essential drinking water use so this network can be used to supplement Kingscote if required.

As soon as it is safe to do so, CFS personnel will escort SA Water staff to inspect the state of the Middle River water supply network infrastructure to assess any damage and begin planning the work required to restore operations.

SA Water General Manager Asset Operations and Delivery, Mark Gobbie, said their people will work as quickly and safely as possible.

“Our priority is maintaining water supply for the island’s residents and visitors, but we must keep our people safe and ensure we don’t slow down the important work of the CFS,” Mr Gobbie said. 

“Deferring non-essential activities such as washing laundry and cars or watering lawns, will help preserve the water storage levels in both the Kingscote and Penneshaw networks to ensure it is available for drinking and responding to small spot fires.

“We’re planning interim arrangements to maintain and supplement drinking water supplies, and will share details of how to access them once they are in place.”

Kangaroo Island residents should visit or follow SA Water on Facebook and Twitter for updates on services, and anyone in urgent need of assistance should call 1300 SA WATER.

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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