WIA welcomes announcement for Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme - 17 Aug 2017
The $155.6 million Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme has been warmly welcomed by the Water Industry Alliance as a huge vote of confidence in the capability of SA suppliers and a boost to further R&D in the industry, alongside the benefits to horticulture.
South Australia’s Water Industry Alliance has warmly welcomed the announcement of State and Federal Government funding for the $155.6 million Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme (NAIS).
“Apart from the obvious benefits to the horticultural industry, this is a huge shot in the arm for SA’s $500 million high tech water industry”, WIA Chief Executive Officer Rachel Barratt said.
“The State’s water industry has all the expertise needed to supply the infrastructure and technology for the Scheme.
“It’s an industry with proven capability on projects such as this, both domestically and in the world market.
“This project will require infrastructure such as pipes, pumps, irrigation systems, soil moisture monitors and much more – all of which can be locally sourced.
“At another level, effective water management will demand leading edge technology and this is also available from local suppliers or can be developed by them to meet the specific needs of this project.
“Our industry is renowned for its ingenuity and innovation in overcoming the harsh challenges of water management which our State throws up, not only overcoming these barriers but leading Australia’s charge into international water markets.
“South Australia’s water industry is recognised as a global leader in areas such as irrigation, managed aquifer recharge, saline groundwater management and water policy and education.
“NAIS is a great opportunity for the development of the State’s horticultural industry and the northern Adelaide region. But it’s also an opportunity for our water industry to supply existing expertise and to make further investments in R&D to develop the specialised solutions which will be needed.
“This project is a huge boost for SA and a huge vote of confidence in our local capability. The water industry has a very sound fundamental base and we will work closely with the SA Government and SA Water in maximising the opportunity to further develop our businesses.
“Our two industries – water and horticulture – are both big winners in the NAIS project and we will work together to maximise the benefits and ensure flow-on in our respective markets within Australia and overseas”.
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