Work to refresh SA Water’s long-term water supply plan for Kangaroo Island is underway, with a community reference group coming together for the second time last December to learn about current water sources, supply networks and demand on the island.
The group, which is comprised of representatives from 18 community, business and industry associations, will lead the first phase of the process by working with SA Water to examine the current issues and opportunities and to act as a conduit to their stakeholders.
The group will assess the potential water supply options contemplated by the long-term plan by using an analysis tool that balances the wide range of factors that need to be considered, such as cost, environment and social impacts.
SA Water’s Kangaroo Island Long-term Plan Lead Erin Faehrmann, said the group’s role included sharing different perspectives with SA Water, and taking information back to the communities they represent.
“The reference group is already giving us great insight in to the unique needs of their communities and helping establish a genuine two-way conversation,” she said.
“Based on their feedback, we’ve already created new infographics for our website to explain how we supply water in KI and that’s been a huge hit with the wider community.
“We’ll invite the broader KI community to take part in a series of drop-in sessions in the New Year to further examine any other issues and opportunities relating to the security of water supply.”
At the reference group’s first meeting in Kingscote, members agreed terms of reference, shared feedback on SA Water’s services and operations and their key interest areas.
Jayne Bates, representing the Penneshaw Progress Association, said their members were keen to be involved in this island-wide group.
“It is a great opportunity to support and understand the challenges and opportunities across the island communities, while still addressing the issues important in our local area,” Jayne said.
”It is an exciting time for KI, and this process is very timely to ensure the future plan for the critical provision of water enables both economic and social growth.”
SA Water’s current long-term water supply plan for KI was produced in 2009, with annual reviews undertaken to monitor changes to the region’s supply and demand profile.
For further information on the development of the supply plan for KI, visit: sawater.com.au.
Register interest by emailing KIPlan@sawater.com.au.