Operation and maintenance of Leigh Creek’s water and sewerage services, including the town’s desalination plant, sewerage treatment site, bores and related pipework, will transfer management to SA Water.
The transfer will take effect from 14 December 2016 and is part of a transition of the township’s management from Flinders Power Partnership to the State Government.
South Australian Minister for Water and the River Murray, Ian Hunter, said, “The State Government is committed to helping secure the social and economic future of the Leigh Creek township, including supporting the continued provision of essential services such as water and sewerage.
“The State Government is ensuring Leigh Creek residents continue to receive the same level of service and quality of water supply as the town transitions over the next 12 months.
“SA Water will employ three new staff members in the township, on top of existing staff at Quorn, Crystal Brook and Port Augusta.”
As per the existing arrangement with Flinders Power, water and sewerage services will also be provided rate-free up until 1 January 2018, with the costs incurred during this time borne by the State Government.
From 2018, all new SA Water customers in Leigh Creek will be charged standard water and sewerage rates, consistent with that of SA Water customers across the state.