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Optimal Water Mix for Metropolitan Adelaide

Metropolitan Adelaide has many sources of water to supply the city’s needs including:

  • Mt Lofty Ranges catchment water
  • groundwater
  • desalinated seawater
  • stormwater
  • rainwater / roof water
  • recycled water
  • the River Murray

Determining the optimal mix of these sources is critical to ensure an efficient and sustainable water supply for Adelaide.

The Optimal Water Resources Mix for Adelaide project will consider a range of important objectives including supply security, economic costs, social preferences and environmental impacts.

The knowledge gained from this project will assist with the development of an integrated water management plan for Adelaide and may benefit other cities and urban regions throughout Australia.

For more detailed information download the Project Fact Sheet (PDF 843 KB)

Several Technical Reports ( 14/2, 14/12, 14/14, 14/15 and 14/17) and a final synthesis report (Technical Report 14/20)  are available on the Goyder Institute website

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