Water Management

Water management in South Australia has become a critical issue and the City of Marion is committed to protecting our water quality and maximising water conservation.

Each year the Council uses about 130 megalitres of mains supply water (from SA Water) to irrigate parks and reserves and supply Council-owned and operated buildings. This figure is about half of what Council previously used prior to the introduction of water restrictions and a commitment by Council to reduce reliance on mains water in 2005.

In addition to using mains water, Council also uses groundwater for irrigation of large parks and reserves. The City of Marion is committed to using water as efficiently as possible and has developed a Landscape Irrigation Management Plan to guide what we irrigate, when we irrigate and how much water we use.

Where available, recycled stormwater is the preferred source of water for irrigation. The Oaklands Wetlands will provide a significant source of recycled stormwater for irrigation of reserves in Council’s northern and central region. Other sources of stormwater are being investigated by Council.

Our Customer Charter outlines Council's responsibility as a small scale recycled water provider.


Our water management objectives


Our approach to water management

The City of Marion approaches water management by considering water as part of a ‘water cycle’ where all parts of the cycle are dependent on each other.

By thinking about our activities as being part of a water cycle, there are many new ways that we approach activities such as landscaping, drainage and building design. This approach is referred to as Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD).

Activities that incorporate WSUD:

Council undertakes a range of activities to ensure irrigation water us used efficiently, these include:

Water conservation is also a consideration in Council buildings. Activities to reduce consumption include:

Council works actively with the State Government on surface water and groundwater quality issues. This includes:

Information on how to save water at home and Adelaide’s permanent water conservation measures is available on the SA Water website.



T: +61 8375 6600 | E: council@marion.sa.gov.au
245 Sturt Road, SA 5047, Australia
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