Michelle Lensink

SA Water Assets

A question to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation - SA Water assets.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: I seek leave to make a brief explanation before directing a question to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation about SA Water assets.

Leave granted.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: Following the September storms last year, I asked the minister about contingencies for power failures affecting its assets, including pump stations, water treatment plants and gates. The minister subsequently provided a list of assets and locations that rely on electricity to do pumping, as they don't have electricity backups. I understand SA Water has to physically go there to do the pumping to keep the pits emptied. My questions to the minister are:

1. Can the minister explain whether these pits are at risk of overflowing into waterways when the power goes out and whether this has ever happened?

2. Can the minister outline what mitigation strategies have been put in place to prevent further overflows in these locations, including information on the time frames for staff to get there with generators?

The Hon. I.K. HUNTER (Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, Minister for Water and the River Murray, Minister for Climate Change): I thank the honourable member for her very sensible follow-up questions to information I have provided to her. I don't have that information presently before me. I need to take her question on notice and bring back a further response.



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