Wastewater networks

Wastewater networks

South Australia has always led the water industry in sewerage treatment. We were the first Australian state to install sewage treatment systems. Adelaide was the first capital city to achieve secondary treatment of sewage.

While getting water to you is challenging, dealing with sewage is also complicated.

Adelaide's sewerage system is made of more than 8700 kilometres of pipes. Three major wastewater treatment plants at Bolivar, Glenelg and Christies Beach treat the water. We also have a smaller treatment plant at Aldinga.

Outside Adelaide's metropolitan area, there are 20 treatment plants.

Protecting the environment

We are currently recycling and reusing 32 per cent of our wastewater, returning it to the community for irrigation of parklands, community grounds and also the horticulture industry. We are well on our way to increasing that amount so that we reach the goal of only returning one in every two litres of water back to the environment.

In the Adelaide Hills we are increasing the recycled water available to local businesses, growers and vineyards.

Smart technology trials are not only improving our wastewater operations, they are also receiving recognition in international awards. And our upgrades to pump stations in metropolitan Adelaide and in regional South Australia are reducing methane emissions.

Keeping you informed and involved

Engaging directly with our customers and community is essential to how we operate. It enables us to keep you informed and provides us an understanding of what’s important to you, so we can continually improve our services to meet your needs and expectations.

To understand how we safely manage our wastewater treatment plants, or to join the conversation and share your ideas, visit our Wastewater Treatment Plant WaterTalks page.

  • Major faults

  • Underway

  • Polkinghorns Rd
  • Arthurton
  • 18/06/2020
  • Water Supply On
  • 18/06/2020 03:05 PM - We are attending to an incident in Arthurton with no interruption to the water supply. The safety of our crews and customers comes first, and we always aim to minimise inconvenience by restoring services as quickly as we can. Reference Number WO: 07505663.
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  • Scheduled works

  • Underway
  • Spruance Rd
  • Elizabeth East
  • 11/06/2021
  • Temporary Supply Interruption
  • Estimated start time and water supply off: 15/06/2021 09:00 AM
    Estimated restore time and water supply back on: 15/06/2021 04:00 PM

    We’re improving your services and undertaking maintenance work in Elizabeth East. Sometimes our crews need to temporarily interrupt the water supply to our customers and/or manage traffic while they are working. Temporary traffic management may remain in place until reinstatement of the impacted road is complete. We always aim to minimise inconvenience by restoring services as safely and quickly as we can.

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