As a result of the exciting partnership, a range of state-of-the-art soil moisture sensors and other water management equipment has been installed at Karen Rolton Oval, ensuring efficient and effective watering can help the precinct continue to grow as a premium Adelaide sports venue.

SACA Grounds Manager, Trent Kelly, welcomed the partnership and the benefits it will bring.

“We are excited to make use of SA Water’s smart irrigation systems to best manage our water use while using the data collected to monitor key metrics with ease all year round,” Trent said.

“This relationship will enhance our reputation as a world class ground while providing opportunities to increase our capacity to host events in a sustainable and positive manner.”

SA Water’s Acting General Manager Strategy, Engagement and Innovation Sandra Ricci said the team is looking forward to working with SACA towards this goal.

“Around South Australia, we’re always looking at how effective watering can be used to create green open spaces for a thriving community, and this collaboration is an excellent example of how harnessing state of the art technology can achieve this,” Sandra said.

“The smart technology installed at the Karen Rolton Oval uses satellite data, soil moisture readings and weather forecasting to help SACA automatically adjust the oval’s watering schedule and maximise irrigation, saving both water and money.

“We’re excited to be partnering with SACA and the Adelaide Strikers to help maintain an exciting sports precinct the South Australian public can enjoy, in a water-efficient and sustainable way.”

In addition to seeing SA Water eskies at WBBL and BBL games next summer, fans will have access to clean and safe drinking water from SA Water’s Quench Benches at games held at Karen Rolton Oval.

SACA and SA Water will also produce a content series designed to further the education of ground staff across South Australia in regard to best practice water use and grounds maintenance.

A major South Australian organisation, SA Water employ more than 1,500 people across a range of fields, working to provided trusted water services to more than 1.7 million South Australians. With a history that can be traced back to 1856, SA Water and SACA, having just celebrated 165 and 150 years respectively, form the perfect South Australian partnership.