The region's low rainfall along with no permanent natural water source promoted the 1922 Government to construct an underground water tank to hold 500,000 gallons (approx.2 million litres). This supply remained unreliable so the State Government in 1967 developed a solar desalination plant to produce fresh water from salty water pumped from 100m below the surface. However, this did not produce enough water and was often damaged by high winds. Since 1985, a modern water desalination plant using a reverse osmosis process has been operated by the Coober Pedy District Council. Raw water is pumped from 60m deep artesian bores located 23 km north east of Coober Pedy, via a 200mm pipeline alongside the Oodnadatta Road to the town water tanks. Bore water pumps operate automatically via radio signals transmitted from the town Treatment Plant. The water quality is now excellent. For travellers, a coin operated water dispenser is available in Hutchison Street, adjacent to the Visitor Information Centre (Council Office).
Situated next to the Power Supply Plant, which is the largest diesel fired station in Australia, is the Wind Turbine Generator. Installed in 1991, the Nordex Wind Turbine Generator is mounted on a 30m high steel tower, having an output of about 200KW, which services about 4% of the town's power supply.
Coober Pedy has a modern 20 bed hospital with medical practitioners, on Hospital Road, Ph.8672 5009.
Ph.000 The Royal Flying Doctor is on call for emergencies.
Coober Pedy Pharmacy Hutchison Street. Ph.8672 3444
Wright Road. Ph. 8672 5056
Ph. 8672 5999
In Miners Store. Ph. 8672 5062
Miner's Store & IGA Supermarket
Caltex, Mobil, Shell & BP Hutchison Street.
Coober Pedy Rent a Car Ph. 8672 3003, Budget Ph. 8672 5333
Area school for children from pre-school to Year 12
offering a variety of subjects.
Facilities are available for swimming, badminton, basketball, football, cricket, judo, 8-ball, soccer, golf, tennis, darts and netball. There is also an RSL, Lions, Motor and Rifle Club as well as numerous ethnic clubs.
ideal for laps, fun & aerobics.
ABC Radio 106.1FM, ABC Australian National 107.7FM Caama Radio 102.9FM, Dusty Radio 104.5M