Generator retains Smoky Bay’s water supply

A back-up generator recently installed at Smoky Bay will help with the town’s water supply in the case of a blackout.

In past instances SA Water crews travelled to Smoky Bay to open a by-pass valve that would keep water flowing into the town at reduced pressure.

The council’s general manager of operations Grant Drummond, SA Water’s customer field services manager Paul Zanelli and district leader of Western Eyre Peninsula Darren Walker agreed the by-pass valve was not a long-term answer so SA Water and the Ceduna District Council worked to address the council’s concerns and find a solution to the matter.

Mr Drummond said the generator would serve the entire town.

“Previously, it could take hours for a staff member to go and open the by-pass valve, whereas with the generator they won’t even notice a drop in pressure.”

He said the issue was first raised after residents spoke to councillors two years ago.

SA Water developed a solution to ensure customers would have water on tap even if the region lost power, by installing a 15Kva generator at the town’s pump station, which automatically kicks in whenever mains power is lost. 

SA Water’s network operations and workshops teams worked on the project over several weeks, completed testing and it went “live” earlier this year.

Mr Zanelli said it would be a positive for the town.

“The generator is a major boost for Smoky Bay’s water security,” he said.

“It supports local tourism and the town’s local oyster producers as well as ensuring local residents have water, even if the lights go out.”