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.
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