Greater Geraldton Stormwater Harvesting and Efficiency

Geraldton, WA

Total funding: Total project cost of $6 million, with funding of $3 million from the Australian Government under the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns (NWSPCT) and the remaining funding provided by the City of Greater Geraldton.

About the project

The City of Greater Geraldton will harvest and redirect stormwater from urban catchments to be directly substituted for potable water and used to recharge shallow aquifers for bores. The four components of the project are a central business district retrofit, stormwater harvesting, implementation of a water efficiency plan and aquifer recharge.

Project benefits

This project will:

  • reduce potable water use by an estimated 745 million litres each year; and
  • assist in managing groundwater resource sustainably, maintaining groundwater quality to either delay or prevent the use of potable water for open space irrigation.

Progress

The project commenced in 2011 and is scheduled for completion in September 2014.