An Investigation into Agricultural Use of Reclaimed Water in the Willunga Basin, South Australia, 2001

Marianne Carter


In the Willunga Basin the lack of reliable, good quality water has restricted the expansion and development of primary industry. A privately funded pipeline from Christies Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant to the Willunga Basin was constructed to supply reclaimed water for agricultural irrigation. Using reclaimed water for irrigation presents unique management issues. The local council is currently negotiating to have the outflow of an upgraded wastewater treatment plant added to the overall reclaimed water scheme. However, the Christies Beach reclaimed water is not being fully utilised as yet, therefore, presenting a barrier to the inclusion of this additional source of water.


Christies Beach; irrigation; reclaimed water; wastewater; water resources; Willunga Basin

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