When completed in 1873 it was the second reservoir constructed in Adelaide; it is the oldest still in use in South Australia. It covers 52 hectares (128 acres) and is retained behind a 950-metre (3,117 ft) long clay-cored earth wall. Water is transferred from the River Torrens via a tunnel and aqueduct. The river is also used to transfer water from the Kangaroo Creek and Millbrook reservoirs.
- "Water Storage (Reservoirs)". SA Water. 10 November 2009. Archived from the original on 24 January 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
- Public Works Committee (August 2000). "Hope Valley Reservoir rehabilitation project (final report)" (PDF). Parliament of South Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 September 2007. Retrieved 12 January 2010.