Australian National Botanic Gardens - Non-Potable Pipeline Project

Canberra, ACT

Total funding: Total project cost of $2.9 million, with funding of $1.5 million from the Australian Government under the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns and the remaining funding provided by the Director of National Parks.

About the project

The Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) has achieved potable water savings of up to 170 million litres each year by sourcing non-potable water from Lake Burley Griffin to irrigate the extensive living collection of the Gardens. Project construction included the installation of a new recycled water supply to irrigate gardens, installation of a new potable water supply to buildings, installation of a water filtration plant and pumping station, water suction membrane and internal and external pipework.

YouTube video showing Australian National Botanic Gardens non-potable pipeline project.

Project benefits

This project will:

  • save 170 million litres of Canberra's drinking water each year
  • secure the long term water supply for the Australian National Botanic Gardens, including in times of drought, and
  • ensure the protection of the botanical collection.


The project was completed in January 2011.