3.3 Recycled water supply system

Supporting Information

The volume reported (10 ML) included water held in the recycled pipes network owned by SA Water. There was minimal new recycled water pipe construction in the 2010–11 year, hence opening and closing balances reported (10 ML) did not change.

Quantification Approach

Data Source

SA Water: Geographic Information System (GIS) database; Maximo system.

Provided by

SA Water.


GIS analysis was used to identify recycled water pipes within the Adelaide region. The volume of water in these pipes was estimated from their total capacity.

The volumes of water held in pipes were estimated from pipe lengths and nominal diameters (stored in the Maximo system) using the following formula:

π x (D/2) x (D/2) x PL

D = Nominal diameter of the pipe

PL = Pipe length.

Assumptions, Limitations, Caveats and Approximations

  • Pipes were assumed to be 100% full in winter.
  • Pipes without recorded construction dates were assumed to have been constructed before the 2010–11 year.
  • Recycled water schemes not managed by SA Water, such as the Virginia Pipeline Scheme, were not included in estimated volumes.

Uncertainty Information

The uncertainty estimate was not quantified.

Comparative year

This item corresponds to line item 5.3 Urban recycled water supply system reported in the 2010 Account. An error in the volume reported in the 2010 Account for pumping pipes and gravity pipes was identified due to data quality improvement processes. The volume was restated to correct this error and provide comparability between years.
These changes and their respective volumes are detailed in the following table. The restated comparative year opening balance and closing balance is 10 ML.

Restated comparative year information for line item 3.3 Recycled water supply system
2010 Account line item name
Opening/closing volume at 30 June 2010 reported in 2010 Account (ML) Value difference to volume reported due to prior period error correction (ML) Opening/closing volume at 30 June 2010 reported in 2011 Account (ML)
5.3 Urban recycled water supply system 225 (215) 10