Water Efficiency Team (WET)

WET Team

Our Water Efficiency Team (WET) was formed as part of a new water conservation initiative at the Birkenhead Plant. The initiative began after South Australia's Water Business Sustainability Group was commissioned to conduct an audit of water usage at our Plant.

The WET has achieved great results, reducing water usage by around 14,000 kilolitres at year - enough water to service 100 households over a 12 month period.

The Water Business Sustainability Group and WET identified areas where water usage could be more efficient, including during distribution, operational processes and truck washes and also looked at opportunities for collection ponds, irrigation, metering and data logging and water recycling. Click here to read more about stormwater management on site.

To date, WET has replaced solenoid valves on all cooling towers, repaired minor leaks identified through a data logging process and reprogrammed a large compressor to operate more efficiently.

However, the biggest impact on our ability to conserve water will be the accurate assessment and measurement of water usage on site from all major sources. We are currently in the process of installing sub-meters in key locations to measure water usage in real-time and feed this information to online central control dashboards. This will enable us to more accurately identify areas to create and implement water saving initiatives.

LICENCE RENEWAL – October 2017

Our current Birkenhead EPA licence is due to expire in October 2017. We are currently working with the EPA on new licence requirements, with initial meetings particularly focussing on air quality. As a local resident, we encourage you to let us know how you feel we can improve our new licence conditions. You can provide your feedback via the ‘Contact Us’ page. You can also view our existing licence and initiatives on this site. more >>

Frequently Asked Questions On Health

The Birkenhead plant and the local community have co-existed for over 100 years, with a large number of residents working for Adelaide Brighton Cement and living in the area. The local community often ask questions on the topic of health. We have prepared a list of frequently asked health questions. more >>

The New Environmental Improvement Program

The New Environmental Improvement Program is now available to download. Click through to access the PDF. more >>