We experienced some unusually wet weather towards the end of January, with an incredible amount of rainfall in a short period of time.
We are continually upgrading stormwater infrastructure to prevent flooding in our streets. However, the deluge generated more water than the stormwater systems could handle across Adelaide. In recent years we have built new pump stations around the peninsula to discharge stormwater and we have also increased the size of underground pipes across the city.
To keep the water flowing away from residential areas, we have around $470 million worth of stormwater infrastructure in PAE, most of which is hidden underground. This includes over 550 km of stormwater channels and pipes, 90 detention basins, 4,000 pits, over 10,000 inlets, and countless pumps and mechanical systems to keep the water flowing.
We will also be undertaking over $171 million worth of new and upgraded stormwater infrastructure over the next 20 years.