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Stormwater harvesting facility to save Brisbane water

15 April, 2014

Stormwater harvesting facility to save Brisbane water

Brisbane City Council has this week (w/c April 14) started construction of a stormwater harvesting and reuse facility at Whites Hill Reserve, the first of seven facilities to be built across Brisbane.

Stormwater harvesting and reuse is the collection of water from a drain, creek or pond, which is filtered or treated, then used for another purpose.

Environment, Parks and Sustainability Chair Cr Matthew Bourke said the Whites Hill Reserve site would involve building an open water storage basin to provide harvested stormwater for nearby sporting fields.

“The Whites Hill Reserve facility is expected to save nearby sporting clubs the equivalent of eight Olympic swimming pools of water per year,” Cr Bourke said.

The $10.78 million stormwater harvesting initiative is being delivered with support with the Australian Government, who is contributing up to $5.39 million in funding through its National Urban Water and Desalination Plan.

Cr Bourke said the seven facilities would reduce demand for water in Brisbane by 185 mega litres per year, the equivalent of 74 Olympic swimming pools.

“The increased supply of water will have a range of positive flow-on effects, including helping foster natural habitat creation, improving local waterway health and facilitating more active community use of Council venues due to improved turf health,” he said.

The stormwater harvesting and reuse facilities will consist of storage basins, in-channel storage systems and/or aboveground tanks, depending on individual locations.

The other six stormwater harvesting and reuse projects will be located in C.B. Mott Park (Holland Park), Ekibin Park East (Greenslopes), Sexton Street Park (Tarragindi), Langlands Park (Coorparoo), Norman Park Sports Precinct (Norman Park) and Downey Park Sports Precinct (Windsor).

Cr Bourke thanked the Australian Government for their contribution.

“This initiative is about helping fulfil the Lord Mayor’s vision of making Brisbane Australia’s cleanest, greenest city and we are appreciative of the Federal Government’s contribution,” he said.

The stormwater harvesting and reuse facilities are part of Council’s WaterSmart strategy and also contribute to the Norman Creek 2012-2031 Master Plan. The Norman Creek Master Plan aims to return the Norman Creek catchment to a more natural state and revitalise it as an environmental and recreational asset.

Works at all seven sites are scheduled for completion by early 2016, weather permitting.

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