2017 Media Releases
Stormwater harvesting and reuse system to save more than $10,000 per year
13 November 2017
A new, state-of-the-art stormwater harvesting and reuse system, estimated to save upwards of $10,000 per year, is now in use for irrigation of the sports oval at Artarmon Reserve.
The scheme harvests stormwater from Flat Rock Creek, to the south of Artarmon Reserve. The harvested stormwater is treated and then pumped to, and mixed with the existing potable water supply before being watered across Artarmon Oval at night.
The cost effective system, utilising mostly existing infrastructure, alleviates Willoughby Council’s reliance on purchasing potable water from Sydney Water.
The system has undergone stringent testing to ensure the water quality meets Council and community standards, and is subjected to constant monitoring, and mitigation measures.
Council has a strategy to roll out further use of stormwater harvesting and reuse at other ovals and sports grounds, following proven energy and water savings from this initial scheme.
“This exciting project is a great example of how Council is utilising our natural resources and existing assets to sustainably maintain our local recreation facilities, while saving money and valuable resources like water consumption,” said Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney.
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