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A social appraisal of the South Australian Virginia Pipeline Scheme: Five years

JS Marks, KF Boon, Flinders University of SA,

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The Virginia Pipeline Scheme (VPS) is the largest scheme of its type in Australia (SA Water 2005; EarthTech 2005) and was established in 1999 to deliver unrestricted Class A reclaimed water to irrigators
on the Northern Adelaide Plains (NAP) in South Australia. The purpose of this research was to investigate and report on the various stakeholder perceptions of reclaimed water used in the VPS from its development and operation up to the present. The results will feed back into a larger study on the use of reclaimed effluent water in Australian Horticulture (Boland 2004a; Boland 2004b) and the communications project Coordinator for Recycled Water Development Horticulture (CRWDH, 2005).

The objectives of the study were to:

  • review the key issues associated with a scheme that has been running for 5 years and learn from these in the application to other schemes
  • understand the current communication deficiencies with the view to assessing the impact of current activities in the future.
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JS Marks, KF Boon, Flinders University of SA,
PublishedMay 2005
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