Open hands catching tap water

The new solar-powered desalination plant at Kaltjiti in South Australia’s Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, is expected to produce up to 120,000 litres of water each day.

The small-scale reverse osmosis plant will deliver high-quality drinking water to the remote Indigenous Australian community and comes as part of SA Water’s continued efforts to deliver safe and reliable drinking water to local communities.

SA Water’s General Manager of Operations, Chris Young, said the new and improved facility replaces Kaltjiti’s existing water treatment plant, which was constructed in 2005.

“Having worked closely with communities across the APY Lands for many years, we understand the important role that a sustainable water source plays in maintaining public health and hydration, as well as facilitating future growth and development,” Mr Young said.

“Using the process of reverse osmosis, the plant removes any naturally-occurring impurities like high levels of salinity – which are found in many of Australia’s inland groundwater sources – as well as managing levels of naturally-occurring fluoride in line with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (2011), before delivering the high-quality drinking water to the community.”

As with many of SA Water’s remote treatment sites, the plant at Kaltjiti is also fitted with a high-tech computer system which can be remotely monitored and controlled, meaning any required faults or maintenance can be identified early and repaired as needed by the SA Water team or local contractors.

“In our path to becoming proactive environmental leaders, the plant is also fitted with 38 kilowatts of solar panels and additional battery storage, helping to harness the region’s traditionally warm and sunny weather to reduce carbon emissions and our reliance on power from the local grid,” Mr Young said.

“With the existing plant reaching the end of its useful life, Kaltjiti’s new desalination plant will help us to continue providing sustainable water services to the local community well into the future.”

SA Water manages water supplies and/or wastewater disposal systems in 13 Aboriginal communities and government facilities in the APY Lands – Indulkana, Mimili, Kaltjiti (Fregon), Umuwa, Pukatja (Ernabella), Yunyarinyi (Kenmore Park), Amata, Pipalyatjara, Kalka, Kanpi, Nyapari, Murputja and Watinuma.

Included in these operations are 62 bores – 15 of which are solar-powered – five desalination plants and one wastewater treatment plant.

Find Related Companies In The Pump Industry Capability Guide

Related articles

©2024 Pump Industry. All rights reserved


We're not around right now. But you can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.


Log in with your credentials


Forgot your details?

Create Account