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A WILLASTON property
owner is at odds with SA
Water over a leaking fire hy-
drant located on his land,
which he estimates has wasted
more than 400,000 litres of
water in the five months it has
Trevor Tennant owns the in-
dustrial property that Willaston
Auto Electrics & Mechanical
leases on Kelly Road, and he is
furious with the response he has
received from SA Water regard-
ing the fire hydrant's leak.
Mr Tennant has been told that
it is his responsibility to pay to
have the fire hydrant fixed be-
cause it is on his land, despite it
being the property of SA Water.
For this reason, he is refusing
to have the leak repaired and
does not plan to back down any
"We have rung SA Water on
about six occasions to come and
repair it," Mr Tennant said.
"Their response has been 'you
need to get a plumber to fix
it and pay for it yourself ', be-
cause they don't go out and fix
them any more.
"But I'm not fixing it, why
should I when it's not my prop-
Mr Tennant said it had been aw-
ful to see so much water wasted,
and for that reason alone he be-
lieved SA Water would have acted.
"Half-a-million litres has just
been wasted," he said.
"The paddock next door, which
we don't own, is beautiful and
green as the water has been run-
ning there for that long.
"For me to go and get a plumber,
it's probably going to cost a bit to
fix it, and SA Water, they are not
going to reimburse us back, but
they want a copy of the receipt to
prove it's been done by a registered
The fire hydrant was construct-
ed in 1982 upon application from
the property owner at the time,
and because of this, Mr Tennant
has asked SA Water to have it re-
"I've said to them, come and
take the fire hydrant off the prop-
erty, because we don't want it on
the property," he said.
"But they have said no, it stays,
because it's their property."
In a response, a spokesperson
for SA Water confirmed there was
a leak located on a double pil-
lar hydrant that is connected to a
100mm fire service feeding into
"With a fire service, SA Water's
responsibilities end at the connec-
tion point, which is usually located
300mm outside of the property
boundary," the spokesperson said.
"Beyond that connection point,
the pipework and hydrant is the
customer's responsibility and they
are required to maintain it.
"Because of this, SA Water have
advised the customer that he needs
to contact a plumber to repair the
THE ever-popular free outdoor
cinema has returned to Gawler,
with movies running for three
weeks at the picturesque Apex
Gawler Council has organised the
successful outdoor cinemas for Friday
nights starting on January 23 until
"It's a great family event," Gawler
Mayor Karen Redman said.
"Come early to get a good seat and
let the children run about and play be-
fore the movie starts."
Movies will start at 8pm and the
outdoor cinema season kicks off with
the family favourite, The Lego Movie.
For more information on the other
movies to be screened at the outdoor
cinema, visit youth.gawler.sa.gov.au/
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empties a bucket
that was placed
beneath the leaking
re hydrant on his
has been 'you need to get
a plumber to ﬁx it and pay
for it yourself', because
they don’t go out and ﬁx
them any more. But I'm
not ﬁxing it, why should I
when it’s not my property?
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