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Environmental & Public Health


Several on farm desalination units have been constructed across the Coorong District as an effective alternative to generate farm water supply and reduce SA Water mains use and costs.

Please click on the link below to open a comprehensive 'Desalination for Livestock Water Supplies Fact Sheet' detailing; 

- What to consider in planning a On Farm Desalination Unit,

- Case studies of local On Farm Desalination Units,

- Useful additional information and linkages to useful web pages

1. FACT SHEET Desalination for Livestock Water Supplies

Desalination for Livestock Water Supplies Fact Sheet

Additional information about On Farm Desalination can be found here; 

At each of the Coorong Tatiara Local Action Plan Water Security Events desalination has been a feature.

Brian Schulz of Saltfree Desalination has provided information and demonstrations at each of our Water Security information events.

Please find further information in the documents below:

Saltfree Desalination Slide Show

Saltfree Desalination Flyer

Saltfree Frequently asked questions

Hamilla Downs - Solar Desalination Case Study

ROWATER Optimising water usage for primary producers and outback stations

ROWATER Membrane Desalination Systems

Inland Desalination Environment Protection  Authority Tony Sliuzas

2. Gubbins desalination unit with solar power

Desalination Information Night

A Desalination Information Night was held on Wednesday the 3rd of April 2019, hosted by the Coomandook Ag Bureau.

This was a very informative meeting with key speakers; Gerard Van Den Brink, Gary Crisp, and Brad Gauci.

Gerard Van Den Brink of Van Den Brink Partners, discussed his experience in installing and using an on farm desalination unit. Van Den Brink Partners are about to install their second unit. This will be a solar rather than mains powered unit. Click here for more information about the Van Den Brink desalination unit.

Van Den Brink On Farm Desalination Plant year 6 review

On Farm Case Study

On Farm Case Study Diagram

Our second speaker was Gary Crisp, Engineering Manager with John Holland Group. Gary had impressive experience in desalination from an engineering perspective over the years with involvement in the development and construction of large scale desalination units in Western Australian, Gold Coast, and several in North America. Gary is a past director of the International Desalination Association.

Gary provided the audience with an invaluable insight into; - the history of desalination, - evolution and types of desalination, and - large scale desalination projects.

Gary was supported by Chemical Engineer Brad Gauci, also from the John Holland Group, who provided additional information on chemical and process engineering in regard to the desalination process.

Please click on the following link to access Gary Crisp's presentation.

Desalination Presentation - Gary Crisp

3. Desalination Information Night Flyer 03.04.2019

More local On Farm Desalination Photos

4. Gubbins desalination unit with solar power

7. Smart Farms statement

6. National Landcare Program logo

7. Smart Farms statement