Some 17 reservoirs located throughout the Mount Lofty Ranges catchment area act as storage facilities for a number of water supply distribution systems to metropolitan Adelaide and beyond.
At full capacity they hold about 200,000 megalitres of water (or a little less than one year’s supply for metropolitan Adelaide).
Storage capacity relies heavily on rainfall in the Mt Lofty catchment and water that has been pumped from the River Murray to supplement Adelaide’s water supply.
Country South Australians get their water via one of the large pipelines from the River Murray, from small rural reservoirs or from local dams and ground water bores.
For more information about South Australia’s reservoirs - and the Hume and Dartmouth reservoirs in Victoria that play a vital role in maintaining flows to South Australia - click here.