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Wetlands and Water Initiatives

Waterproofing Playford

Waterproofing Playford is a water-security program that provides recycled water for irrigation across the City of Playford. It includes five wetland sites that collect and treat stormwater, which is stored in underground aquifers and used for irrigation purposes during summer months.

Wetlands

There are a series of wetlands located on Smith Creek – they are maintained by City of Playford to a very high standard that increases the beauty of the local environment, while providing recreational opportunities for the community.

Wetlands are a key component of Council's recycled water business as they assist in collecting and treating stormwater.

Recycled Water

The Recycled Water Scheme supports a number of Council strategies by improving Playford's appearance and providing environmental sustainability benefits.

Through this scheme, Council distributes recycled water to an increasing number of sporting clubs, reserves and school ovals across the City of Playford.

Our horticultural growers in Virginia are supplied with recycled water from the Bolivar Wastewater Treatment Plant to support their crops through the Virginia Pipeline Scheme, operated by SA Water.

Although recycled water infrastructure (purple pipes) is installed in some areas of Playford, recycled water is not supplied to residential or business properties.

Playford Water Pricing Policy

Regulated Retail Services currently offered

The charges in the Pricing Schedule relate to stormwater reuse services supplied from the City of Playford's Aquifer Storage and Recovery scheme. The water is currently supplied to non-residential properties only.

Charges for these services include:

  • the Recycled Water Charge relates to water usage.
  • the Service Charge relates to irrigation controller telecommunications costs.
  • the Connection Fee relates to the costs of connecting new services.
How have the current pricing policies have been developed?

Recycled Water Charge: Prices are set to achieve full cost recovery, including operating costs, overheads, depreciation and a return on assets (the latter two excluding gifted assets), and to represent a discount on SA Water potable water prices.

Service Charges: Are based on the irrigation controller telecommunications (Sim Card) costs charged by Telstra. The cost is passed directly through to customers.

Connection Fees: Are based on the full, direct cost of connecting each new customer.

Rationale for the price movements between the 2019-20 and 2020-21

The Recycled Water Charge was decreased to remain cost competitive with SA Water's prices, which dropped substantially this year, and to reflect the lower Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC) due to lower financing costs, as identified in ESCOSA's pricing determination for SA Water.

There was no movement in the Service Charge. All service charged were waived in 2019-20 and are expected to be waived again in 2020-21.

Connection Fees are cost reflective and move with changes in direct, underlying cost.

Where can I find current pricing?

Visit Council's Fees and Charges Schedule and look for the 'Supply of Recycled Stormwater' section.

Water Leaks and Maintenance

It is important to report leaks from water pipes through the correct channel so that repairs can be promptly made.

  • For leaks or problems on the SA Water side of the meter, please contact SA Water on 1300 SA WATER (1300 729 283).
  • For leaks or problems on the property side of the meter, please contact a licensed plumber.
  • For leaks or problems the street side of purple pipe infrastructure, please contact the land developer.
  • For leaks or problems on City of Playford sports fields or reserves, please contact 8256 0333.