Locals worry for Lower Eyre water

11-07-2018 by admin

LOCAL landholders have expressed concern for the region’s water supplies in light of SA Water’s planned safety upgrade to the Tod Reservoir.

Representatives from SA Water attended the Tumby Bay District Council meeting on May 10 to discuss the plan with councillors and community members.

As part of the upgrade the reservoir’s capacity will be reduced from 11,300 megalitres to about 918 megalitres.

SA Water senior manager, stakeholder engagement Matthew Bonnett said the planned works were required for it to meet new national standards.

“Upgrades to the Tod Reservoirdam are to meet upgraded safety guidelines and national standards and need to take place regardless of any current and future use of the reservoir,” he said.

Despite the necessity for SA Water to do the works the plan has been met with a negative reaction from the council and many members of the community.

One resident who was vocal against the changes is Milton Stevens from Yallunda Flat who said SA Water were disregarding the use of the reservoir as a potential backup for water.

“In the 1980s and 90s a significant landcare program was instigated in the Tod catchment, results in that program is becoming evident in the level of salt in the reservoir,” he said.

Mr Stevens also argued that by reducing the water level saline and contaminated sediment was also being exposed to the environment.

Tumby Bay District Council has continued its stance against the proposed work on the reservoir.

Tumby Bay mayor Sam Telfer said despite the information presented by SA Water, its concerns remained.

“Council will continue to oppose these structural works which will minimise the capacity of the reservoir,” he said.

Meanwhile Mr Bonnett said the negative reaction wasn’t unforeseen.

“It’s not a surprise the local community is interested in what we’re doing with the Tod Reservoir given its historical significance and the community’s interest in water security,” he said.

People are encouraged to contact SA Water if they have any more concerns.

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