Steven Griffiths, Member for Goyder, told the House of Assembly, South Australia, 11 September 2007 a the Yorke Peninsula Marion Bay community had built a sea water desalination plant. Marion Bay was one of 16 communities on Yorke Peninsula that did not have access to a reticulated water supply.
Holiday water – problems: Marion Bay has only 150 permanent residents, but in summer time closer to 1 000 people reside there. It is adjacent to the Innes National Park, which has 130 000 visitors per year. At least 200 new homes have been built in the last 10 years. Marion Bay does get some form of piped water supply from a very poor quality bore probably 10 kilometres out of town.
$13.70 per kilolitre of water: However, that water is very hard in minerals,. The award winning Marion Bay Tavern was always suffering from water problems and paying up to $13.70 per kilolitre of water to be carted from the nearest standpipe, which was about 40 kilometres away. As a conservative estimate, about $30 000 per year was spent by the caravan park in Marion Bay to replace the hot water services which were being ruined because of the minerals in the bore waters, and the pipes to the public toilets were constantly being blocked by mineral build-up”.
Reference: Steven Griffiths, Member for Goyder, House of Assembly, South Australia, 11 September 2007.