The Adelaide reverse-osmosis desalination plant has been declared fully operational following commissioning, capable of providing drinking water for as much as half of the city’s needs.
“South Australia is the driest state on the driest continent on Earth,” Trility Managing Director Francois Gouws said today in a statement. The Adelaide plant “ensures South Australians are protected from the environmental and economic impact of protracted drought.”
AdelaideAqua Pty Ltd., a venture between Trility and Acciona Agua SA, will operate and maintain the A$1.8 billion ($1.9 billion) plant under a 20-year contract with the South Australian government-owned water utility SA Water. The plant can produce up to 100 billion liters of drinking water a year.
The Adelaide facility reduces the need for severe water restrictions and allows the state to take less water from the Murray River, South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill said.