Community partnerships

Community partnerships

We proudly support organisations in the community and water industry whose work aligns with the water and wastewater services we provide. Our sponsorship portfolio covers three tiers.

1:  Community Partnerships Program

This program supports grassroots community events and programs run by not-for-profit organisations. The programs and events we support have a clear link to the water services we deliver.

This program runs each year from July to June. Applications for 2020 have opened to support community projects that will run from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.

In 2019-20, we proudly supported the following organisations to deliver their water-related community projects:

Autism Association of South Australia

Inclusive Aquatic Therapy Program.

This program supports autistic children from 0 to 17 years to use water as a therapeutic medium to develop functional skills.

Adopt the Spot Scheme

The scheme coordinates people in the community across South Australia to clear marine debris from beaches, rivers, creeks and surrounding areas. Funds will help to produce a training and safety video for volunteers.

Beltana Progress Association

Restoration of Weir.

Funds will help to restore the stonework of the iconic Beltana Weir and clean up the waterway so that water continues to run into the town dam.

Centacare Catholic Country SA

Wickered Food.

Funds will be used to build water-wise wicking beds to grow fresh food and vegetables that can be accessed by disadvantaged people in the community. Our people will have the opportunity to be part of a working bee to create the wicking beds.

Clare Agricultural & Horticultural Society Inc

SA Autumn Garden Festival.

Funds will support marketing activities for the festival, which promotes sustainable gardening practices. Our experts in sustainability and liveability through water use will present to festival-goers and hold workshops.

Gordon Education Centre

Community sensory garden for children with a disability.

Funds will be used to build a sensory garden for Reception to Year 12 students to enable them to be involved in a gardening and outdoor science curriculum in a hands-on way, which they have not been able to do previously. The garden will promote water conservation and sustainability.

Lincoln Park Horse and Human Rehabilitation Centre Inc

Equine Therapy Program.

Funds will be used to purchase sustainable and refillable troughs for rescue horses. The horses are used in an equine therapy program for defence veterans, their families and the general public who suffer from PTSD and mental health issues.

Lucindale Community Economic Development Board (LINC)

Lucindale Community Swimming Pool.

Funds will be used to buy and install a disability swing at the redeveloped community swimming pool, enabling people with limited mobility to partake in water-based physical activity and interact with members of their community.

Maitland & District Progress Association Inc

Yorke Valley Dam Project.

The Yorke Valley Dam site will be developed into a roadside stop for locals and tourists. Funds will be used to erect a shelter with information about the dam and issues pertaining to water resources. We will provide technical and historical information for the site.

Murraylands Migrant Resource Centre

Waterwise Gardening Project.

The centre is responsible for the settlement of new arrivals from migrant and refugee backgrounds. Funds will be used to establish a water wise garden at the centre that teaches people about place-based native plants and brings people together. Our people will give expert advice and present at information sessions.

Surf Life Saving South Australia

All Abilities State Sport Carnival.

Funds will be used to establish an inclusive surf aquatics program for youth with a physical or intellectual disability. It will be delivered state-wide throughout the Surf Life Saving networks.

2: Corporate Sponsorship

We work with a number of strategic corporate partners who support our work as a major water utility in South Australia, enabling them to improve community outcomes through water use. In 2020, our corporate partners are:

  • Zoos SA
  • Orange Sky
  • The Christmas Pageant (run by the South Australian Tourism Commission)
  • WaterAid

The term of our corporate partnerships is typically in place for three years.

3: Industry Sponsorship

We are a thought leader in the Australian water industry and partner with water related industry groups. We do this to share knowledge and ideas, as well as to better understand and influence decision making in the water industry.

In 2020, our industry partners include:

All industry sponsorship opportunities are individually assessed on a needs basis and applications are considered at any time.

What we won't support

While we welcome partnerships with a range of organisations, we will not accept applications for sponsorships that support:

  • individuals
  • any project, program or event related to gambling
  • events that promote the consumption of alcohol as its core activity (such as wine festivals)
  • projects, programs or events that exclude any sectors of the community based on culture, gender, sexuality, religious belief, race or disability
  • organisations that we are already engaged in a formal arrangement with such as a Memorandum of Understanding or contractual agreement
  • projects, programs or events where there is a real or perceived conflict of interest with an existing partnership, business or sponsorship activity.

We don’t make charitable donations.

For all enquiries about sponsorships please contact

The Humphrey pumps

The Humphrey pumps supplied irrigation water, mainly to the areas around Barmera, Loveday and Cobdogla, for nearly 40 years from 1927 until 1965. These historical wonders are part of the Cobdogla Irrigation and Steam Museum in the Riverland.

The largest single cylinder engine in the world, the Cobdogla Humphrey pumps were manufactured in 1920 in Scotland and installed in Cobdogla between 1923 and 1925. They were the only two of their kind installed in the southern hemisphere.

The pumps ran on gas produced by a wood-fuelled plant, the most efficient use of available fuel at the time, and are part of our long history of innovation to enable economic growth in South Australia.

You can read more about the Cobdogla Irrigation and Steam Museum on their website, and resources about the pumps, including a DVD explaining their operation, are available from our library (through inter-library loans via your local public library).