The NSISP has delivered interconnection of the northern and southern water supply networks, permitting the best use to be made of the existing metropolitan Adelaide distribution network. A series of enhancements to the existing system allow water from the southern network, including the new Adelaide Desalination Plant, to be directed across the entire network. New control systems enable better decision making and maximum and efficient use of resources to meet demand.
The new network-wide operations and management control system uses real-time data. This assists operators to be much more accurate when forecasting demand and completing operational ‘what if’ scenarios. The control system includes a distribution optimization tool, which improves the operation of bulk water transfers and production from water treatment plants. The system’s network status display tool also shows the status and operation of the network in real time.
Connecting the two major water supply networks has given SA Water a greater ability to make best use of its water resources, giving certainty about Adelaide’s future water supply.
In October 2012, WSP employee Gary Neave received the Australian Project Director of the Year award from the Australian Institute of Project Management for his role on NSISP. Gary was the SA Water Project Director, on secondment from WSP.
In 2013, the NSISP won the Construction/Engineering Projects >$100,000,000 category at the South Australian division of the Australian Institute of Project Management Awards. Also in Adelaide, the project received a commendation at the Engineers Australia Excellence Awards in the project management category.