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Dust flies on Council water security project

Innovative Kimba water catchment project takes shape

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WATER SECURITY: District Council of Kimba Acting Chief Executive Officer Michael Inglis and Mayor Dean Johnson inspect progress on the $750,000 Roora Stormwater Catchment Project on Wednesday afternoon.

A District Council of Kimba project that will capture the equivalent of five Olympic swimming pools’ worth of water is on schedule following a $750,000 funding windfall from the Commonwealth Government.

Earthworks have commenced on the Roora Stormwater Catchment Project, which have to date shifted a staggering 40,000 tonnes of material from the four hectare site adjacent to Roora Dam, and Mayor Dean Johnson said its completion would signal a dramatic change in how Council managed its long-term water security.

“It is estimated that this project will allow Council to collect an additional 12.5 megalitres of stormwater during an average rainfall season, which is just sensational in a region where every drop counts,” he explained as he inspected the site on 27 March.

“To put it into context, that’s five Olympic swimming pools of water Council can use each year to keep parks, gardens and community recreation facilities looking their best, and that adds to the liveability of our town.”

Acting Chief Executive Officer Michael Inglis added that the infrastructure would also provide Council with significant cost savings.

“If we can collect the volume of water we are anticipating, it means Council will save about $50,000 a year on its current water purchases,” he said.

“That equates to about 3 per cent of our annual rates income, so it means revenue to invest in other services and infrastructure for the Kimba community.”

The project is scheduled to be completed by 30 June 2019, with funding provided through the Drought Communities Programme Extension.

 

FAST FACTS

  • $750,000 project funded through Commonwealth Government’s Drought Communities Programme Extension.
  • More than 40,000 tonnes of earth has been shifted to date during site preparation.
  • Completed project expected to capture approximately 12.5 megalitres of water during average rainfall year.
  • Additional catchment will save Council approximately $50,000 on existing annual water expenditure.

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Acting Chief Executive Officer Michael Inglis shows Mayor Dean Johnson the scope of the four-hectare project, which is being funded through the Drought Communities Programme Extension, from the Tola Road side of the site.

 

 

District Councl of Kimba

Cross Street (PO Box 189)

Kimba SA 5641

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