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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

Shellharbour increasing water savings

June 13, 2007

The reuse system includes a 5,000 litre underground tank to collect irrigation runoff, a biological filtering system and a 15,000 litre holding tank which stores the treated water ready for use.  The treated water will fill mobile water carts that are used on parks and gardens throughout the city as well as for hand watering nursery plants.

The system will save millions of litres of water each year, and is already saving more than 10,000 litres of water every day.

The City Council has also been awarded funding under the Australian Government’s Community Water Grants Program to install a 47,000-litre tank, which will capture storm-water runoff from the nursery’s potting shed roof.

“Both the treated wastewater and that harvested from the potting shed roof will be plumbed back into the nursery’s irrigation system; once complete we anticipate that the reuse system will reduce the nursery’s demand on water by approximately five million litres per year”, said Mr. Mick Fields, Council’s Manager of Environment and Recreation.

In Australia, there are 93 councils currently participating in the ICLEI Water Campaign.  For more information on the Water Campaign in Australia, please visit www.iclei.org/oceania/water.

Shellharbour is one of 95 local governments in Australia that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.  For more information on ICLEI and its activities in the Oceania Region, please visit www.iclei.org/anz/.

Source:  “Council heads the way on water saving”, Shellharbour city council media release, 9 May 2007.