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Adel­aide should be securing its own core independent water supply and possibly building three or four water desalination plants: Leader editorial in Advertiser

Posted by waterweek on 21 September 2007

The State Government needed to understand the financing of water infrastructure such as desalination plants was not simply a public sector issue, according to The Advertiser (7/9/2007, p.18).

Opportunity, not disaster: There would likely be strong private sector interest to fund this infrastruc­ture, the newspaper said. It could be packaged and sold to investors for a reasonable return on investment. There was a lot of money in investment mar­kets looking for a home in quality infrastructure projects. South Australia should be viewing the state’s water crisis as an oppor­tunity rather than a death knell.

Plenty of alternatives: “Adelaide needs to turn off its Murray tap and leave this valued water resource to our state’s ir­rigators and rehabilitation of the river,” the newspaper said. “We must look more closely at desalination plants and place more focus on harvesting the city’s rainfall, recycling, making our water distribution more ef­ficient as well as getting the right price structures in place.” Adel­aide should be securing its own core independent water supply and possibly building three or four water desalination plants over the next five years, harness­ing stormwater and increasing recyclin, according to The Advertiser. “The State Government’s blinkered focus on cutting water consumption by merely turning off the taps was hampering South Australia’s long-term ability to solve the water crisis. Already water restrictions in the eastern states have reduced their electricity generation. We need an independent solution,” said the leader editorial in the newspaper.

The Advertiser, 7/9/2007, p. 18

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