SA Water asbestos storage
The storage and handling of asbestos-containing materials by industry requires an EPA environmental licence to ensure that the asbestos is managed safely and in a way that poses no risk to the environment or human health.
In October 2017, the EPA received applications from SA Water for the short-term storage of waste materials from its repair and maintenance activities at 31 of its sites across South Australia, which due to its age, may include non-friable asbestos.
The EPA wrote to residents near the proposed sites and advertised in local newspapers to call for submissions. It also provided the submissions (with names removed) to SA Water for consideration. A total of 165 submissions were received.
After considering submissions from the affected communities and inspecting the proposed sites, the EPA has approved the short-term storage of asbestos cement pipes at 21 of the 31 sites initially included in SA Water's licence application. Applications were withdrawn for the other 10 sites with the amalgamation of some regions' storage to another of its remote sites.
List of licensed sites
|Bordertown||Ceduna||Clare||Cleve||Crystal Brook||Happy Valley||Hope Valley|
|Jamestown||Kadina||Kingscote||Loxton||Morgan||Mount Gambier||Murray Bridge|
|Port Elliot||Port Lincoln||Quorn||Roseworthy||Streaky Bay||Woodside||Wudinna|