Following a pre-feasibility study earlier this year, the Clare Valley could be in store for one of the biggest water infrastructure projects the region has seen.
The proposed pipeline from Bundaleer Reservoir (north west of Spalding) to the Clare Valley could provide grape growers and other primary industries with a quality water supply and an extra 4000 megalitres of water per year.
The Federal Government has now announced funding worth 800 thousand dollars for a feasibility study to investigate the viability of the proposed storage and pipeline project.
Two options for new water were found in the pre-feasibility study, including stored winter river water from Bundaleer Reservoir and recycled effluent from Bolivar, delivered via the second stage of the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme (NAIS).
Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister, Barnaby Joyce, says the government is focused on ensuring farmers and growers have the water supply they need to grow the produce people across the world rely upon.
Should the study prove the project is viable, Clare Valley Wine and Grape Association chairman, Martin Ferguson, is hoping to move towards a final business case by March next year.