SA Water has completed a $3.5 million water supply upgrade for Coffin Bay, South Australia.

Local residents are now receiving water through an 18km pipeline which connects the town to the rest of the Eyre Peninsula water supply network and allows the region’s summit storage tanks to gravity-feed the town.

Installation of the pipeline began in mid-2014.

SA Water’s Senior Manager of Stakeholder Engagement, Matthew Bonnett, said some testing is still being undertaken, but water has begun flowing.

“The pipeline is capable of supplying up to 20 megalitres of water per year, depending on demand,” Matthew said.

“It increases the security and flexibility of the town’s water supply and assists in dealing with the increasing water demands in the area.”

“Based on our projections, the pipeline will be able to deliver additional capacity to support approximately 30 years of population growth in Coffin Bay.”

SA Water has also invested approximately $400,000 for the drilling of additional monitoring bores and mapping of the town’s groundwater supply.

“These investigations and monitoring will help us to further understand the local groundwater system and ensure the sustainability of Coffin Bay’s water supply,” Matthew said.

Following the completion of the water supply upgrade, an augmentation charge that was in place for Coffin Bay has been cancelled.

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