Canberra Urban Waterways Rehabilitation
Total funding: $17 million with $10.2 million from the Australian Government and $6.8 million from the ACT Government.
About the project
- Diagram of Canberra integrated urban waterways project - showing Sullivans Creek catchment (PDF - 1,998 KB)
This project, now complete, developed integrated waterway management master plans for stormwater capture and reuse; treated effluent recycling and distribution; aquifer storage potential; water quality management; and drainage and flood management which included rehabilitation of wetland habitats and recreational areas. The project also contributed to the construction of the Flemington Ponds.
Through the project, between 1.5 billion and 3 billion litres of drinking water will be saved by substituting potable water with stormwater for irrigating parks and gardens. This project is part of a larger project by the ACT Government to extend stormwater capture and reuse, and enhance wetland rehabilitation across Canberra.
The project has:
- developed urban water management plans
- demonstrated techniques for achieving Water Sensitive Urban Design in established urban areas
- contributed to the health of the Murrumbidgee River by reducing solids, nitrogen and phosphorus loads
- constructed the Flemington Ponds as a component of the stormwater management system for North Canberra.
The final project report will be available here soon.
The project has advanced the National Water Initiative objectives of encouraging water reuse and innovation and capacity building to create water sensitive cities.