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Kauwi Interpretive Centre & Desalination Plant Community Tour

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by Audrey (subscribe)
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A tour to learn how sea water is turned into drinking water
Did you know that it takes just 25 minutes to turn sea water into drinking water? I recently learned this, and many other facts, while on the Kauwi Interpretive Centre & Desalination Plant Community Tour.

In December 2007, the proposal for a desalination plant was announced. South Australia was experiencing drought and the River Murray water flows were on a record low at that time. We cannot rely on the River Murray alone. Our rainfall patterns also vary significantly, are unpredictable and are expected to fall. Hence the Adelaide Desalination Plant was built as a security plan to provide reliable water supply during dry times. It is independent of the climate and can supply up to half of Adelaide's drinking water needs if required. By October 2011, desalinated drinking water has entered our supply network.

The tour takes 1.5 hours and begins with a presentation in the Kauwi Interpretive Centre. You are first informed on the science and technology of desalination.

Kauwi Interpretive Centre
Kauwi Interpretive Centre


Then a bus takes you into the Adelaide Desalination Plant where the various stages of the desalination process are pointed out.

Finally, back at the Kauwi Interpretive Centre, you get to sample a glass of desalinated drinking water direct from the desalination plant. You are also welcome to view the interactive displays and site artefacts.

Sampling a glass of desalinated drinking water direct from the desalination plant




interactive displays
Interactive displays


interactive displays
Interactive displays


Interactive displays


site artefacts
Site artefacts


After the tour, there is an option to walk the 2.3 km trail to the lookout if you wish.

the 2.3 km trail
The 2.3 km trail


The tour is free. However bookings are essential and can be made via the SA Water website. You will be required to wear flat shoes and arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour start time.

I would recommend the tour to anyone interested in learning about desalination.

I would also like to thank Paula Bugden from SA Water on a job well done in being our tour guide. She was indeed very professional and very knowledgeable.
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Phone: 08 7424 2223
Where: 16 Chrysler Road, Lonsdale, South Australia
Cost: Free
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Really interesting!
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