Moonta Stormwater Study
The Moonta stormwater study comprises the Moonta Mines catchment as well as 11 other major catchments within the townships of Moonta, Moonta Bay and Port Hughes with the total catchment area totalling 54 square kilometres. The study area consists of approximately 4,000 people which fluctuates dramatically due to the holiday nature of the region. The Moonta catchment has a mean annual rainfall of 370mm with the majority of rainfall between the months of April and October.
The Moonta stormwater study has been developed under the Stormwater Management Authority. The Stormwater Management Authority is a standalone authority which offers assistance in the preparation of stormwater management plans. The assistance provided is in the form of both expertise and financial. In order to work with the Stormwater Management Authority the stormwater management plan must adhere to guidelines.
The completed study will address a variety of issues including water quality, flooding zones, water reuse, and water storage. As well as addressing existing infrastructure insufficiencies. A steering committee comprising of members from the EPA, DPTI, Northern and Yorke NRM Board and Council together with consulting engineers have formed to ensure this process is a collective approach and future funding opportunities are made available to Council.
The draft Moonta, Moonta Bay & Port Hughes Stormwater Management Plan (SMP) went through a public consultation process from 23rd September to 25th October 2013. The SMP is currently before the Stormwater Management Authority for approval.