Myponga Reservoir

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Myponga Reservoir
Myponga panorama 2.jpg
Location South Australia
Coordinates 35°23′42″S 138°26′31″E / 35.395°S 138.442°E / -35.395; 138.442Coordinates: 35°23′42″S 138°26′31″E / 35.395°S 138.442°E / -35.395; 138.442
Construction began 1957
Opening date 1962
Dam and spillways
Height 49 m (161 ft)
Length 226 m (741 ft)
Reservoir
Total capacity 26 800 ML
Catchment area Myponga River
Surface area 2.8 km2 (1.1 sq mi)

The Myponga Reservoir is a reservoir in South Australia, located about 60 km south of Adelaide near the town of Myponga. The reservoir is fed by the Myponga River and other rivers in the Myponga catchment. It provides about 5% of the City of Adelaide's water supply[1] and is the main source of filtered water for southern metropolitan Adelaide and the southern coast area. Plans to utilise the Myponga River catchment as a major storage area were made in 1945. Construction began in 1957 and was completed in 1962, flooding what was from 1840 known as "Lovely Valley".[2] Prior to the construction of the Myponga Water Treatment Plant in 1993, water from Myponga was used to supplement that of Happy Valley Reservoir.[3]

The reservoir was searched for the bodies of the Beaumont children, Joanne Ratcliffe, and Kirsty Gordon in early 1990, based on evidence against Bevan Spencer von Einem delivered by "Mr. B", a witness. No remains were found there.[4]

Myponga Reservoir seen from Reservoir Road

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  1. ^ "The Myponga River Catchment" (PDF). Department of Environment and Heritage, Government of South Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 2 June 2007. 
  2. ^ "PROGRESS OF THE COLONY-FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 1840.". South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 4 July 1840. p. 4. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Water Storage (Reservoirs): Myponga Reservoir". SA Water. Retrieved 2 June 2007. 
  4. ^ "The Beaumont Children: Myponga Reservoir". Retrieved 4 January 2008.