58-inch pipes between Palmer and Mannum. Photo taken February 1951. Man in foreground walking away from camera is Harold Bartholomaeus

The Mannum–Adelaide pipeline was the first major pipeline built from the River Murray to serve Adelaide. The pipeline project was started in 1949 and completed in March 1955. After suffering water restrictions every summer from 1949 to 1954, in the summer of 1957–1958 Adelaide was the only mainland capital not subject to restrictions.[1]

The pipeline is 60 kilometres long, and goes from Mannum to Modbury. It also supplies various areas alongside its route.[2] The pipeline supplies water through the Anstey Hill Water Filtration Plant[3][4] to Warren Reservoir, thence to Mount Bold and Happy Valley reservoirs.[1]


  1. ^ a b Marianne Hammerton (1986). Water South Australia: A history of the Engineering and Water Supply Department. Wakefield Press. ISBN 1 86254 009 8.
  2. ^ "Major Pipelines". SA Water. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  3. ^ "The Mannum-Adelaide pipeline / the Engineering and Water Supply Department". Trove. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  4. ^ Official Yearbook of the Commonwealth of Australia, Issue 62. 1977.