19 May 2021

Consultation is underway on a draft Water Security Statement for South Australia, which provides a snapshot of water security across the state and highlights the actions underway to address existing and emerging water security challenges.

The draft statement provides an overview of the state’s water resources, how they are used and strategies to make sure our water supplies are secure and reliable into the future.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said having an acceptable quantity and quality of water for people, communities, industry and the environment that is affordable now and into the future is essential.

“Past water-related investments in infrastructure and reforms across South Australia have provided high levels of water security for the vast majority of the state’s population,” Minister Speirs said.

“Water availability, however, is projected to decline across the state under a changing climate and there is also increasing demand for water to support growth in agriculture, mining and energy, as well as for growing towns and cities.

“The key challenge now is to build on past investment to ensure all South Australians have adequate water security and to grow the South Australian economy in a sustainable way.

“The draft Water Security Statement considers how we can make sure we have the water we need to support the state’s economic growth targets, a vibrant society and healthy environments.”

The strategic priorities will form the basis for the state government’s water security program from now until July 2024.

“The Marshall Liberal Government has significantly advanced water security across the state since the 2018 election,” Minister Speirs said.

“We are investing in infrastructure to improve water security in regional areas by building desalination plants on the Eyre Peninsula and Kangaroo Island and in water supply upgrades for remote regional areas including Yunta, Oodnadatta, Maree, Terowie, Marla, and Manna Hill.

“Regional areas such as these were ignored for 16 years under the former Labor Government and we are taking action to deliver better water access.

“A key new element of our proposed water security program includes the development of targeted water security strategies.

“These strategies will supplement traditional water planning in regions, or for sectors, where there is evidence that a lack of water may limit long-term growth.

“People, communities, industry and the environment all rely on ongoing, reliable and affordable access to water and water security planning will be critical to safeguard our water supplies into the future.

“We would like to hear the community’s thoughts on the draft Water Security Statement.”

Consultation on the draft Water Security Statement is open until 5:00pm Friday, 18 June 2021.

Visit the YourSAy website to access the draft statement and provide your feedback: https://yoursay.sa.gov.au/draft-water-security-statement

View the media release from the Premier of South Australia's website.