The Bundaleer Pipeline Scheme will provide an economical source of water to industry, accelerating and expanding high quality agricultural production, creating jobs, encouraging on-farm investment and supporting the region's agricultural economic development. Early engagement in the region revealed strong interest from industry in using water from the scheme for agricultural purposes.
At full production, the Bundaleer Pipeline Scheme would include a distribution network with more than 12km of pipeline, a pump station and a storage tank. Water would be supplied and delivered to the farm gate, with on-farm delivery, on-farm storage, treatment and monitoring the responsibility of the end user, delivering:
- an additional 275 megalitres a year for agriculture
- new agricultural activity generating around $4.6 million revenue for the region
- opportunities for industry growth and expansion.
The community would still be able to access the Bundaleer Reservoir for recreational fishing while the water is being used for agricultural purposes.
An application to the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund was unsuccessful and so alternate funding options are being explored.
Subject to funding arrangements, the Bundaleer Pipeline Scheme will provide an additional water source to industry in the Mid North, at an affordable price.
SA Water will work with industry to develop service agreements at an agreed price.