Streetscape raingardens and stormwater infiltration wells, retrofitted into Randolph Avenue, South Australia.
The Randolph Avenue streetscape upgrade converts an underutilised space into a softer, more environmentally friendly area through the inclusion of raingardens. It improves local amenities, and achieves stormwater quality objectives. This project was delivered as a pilot project to demonstrate street level action that can be taken to improve urban water quality and the quality of Adelaide’s coastal waters.
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Strategically implementing storage and permeable surfaces to mitigate flood risks.
The Elizabeth Street Catchment Integrated Water Cycle Management (IWCM) Plan aims to mitigate the extreme flood risks present in the 308-hectare Elizabeth Street Catchment. The plan includes a suite of targets, projects and initiatives to be implemented over a five-year period. These actions will enable the City of Melbourne to reduce its flood risk and access alternative water sources for the sustainable irrigation of parks, open spaces, and street trees.
The first facility in Australia attempting to harvest and treat stormwater to a standard acceptable for direct injection into the drinking water system.
The Kalkallo Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse Scheme is the first facility in Australia attempting to harvest and treat stormwater to a standard acceptable for direct injection into the drinking water system. The facility is located in the major green field development of Merrifield, next to the existing township of Kalkallo in Melbourne’s northern development corridor. The facility includes:
Water proofing urban parklands using managed aquifer recharge (MAR).
The Hartfield Park managed aquifer recharge (MAR) project in the Shire of Kalamunda involves recharging an aquifer under controlled conditions to store water for later abstraction for irrigation use. The scheme harvests approximately 30% of high flows (25–50kL/yr) from an existing urban drain, which is then filtered and stored in Leederville aquifer. Water is then available for extraction in the dry season to irrigate the nearby sport and recreation reserve.