Water Proofing the West - Stage 1


Water Proofing the West - Stage 1: Fact sheet (PDF - 268.63 KB)

About the project:

Project location: Adelaide, South Australia

Funding recipients: City of Charles Sturt

Total Australian Government funding: $20 million (GST exclusive)

Water savings: up to 555 ML/yr

This stormwater harvesting and reuse project will offset potable water demand by up to 555 megalitres per year (ML/yr). Infrastructure will be constructed for five linked sub-projects. The project will divert stormwater from existing drainage lines to wetlands for treatment and then utilise aquifer storage and recharge to store harvested stormwater to meet non-potable demands, including irrigation and industrial and domestic demands.

The key components of the project are:

  • Old Port Road Wetland - treated stormwater will be distributed to demand centres through the Western Ring Main sub-project.
  • Riverside Golf Course Wetland - this wetland will store partially treated stormwater from the Old Port Road wetland.
  • Cheltenham Redevelopment Wetlands - stormwater from the surrounding catchment and flows from the River Torrens will be treated prior to aquifer storage and recovery.
  • The Western Ring Main - this links the three wetland and aquifer storage and recharge schemes, and includes a distribution network to supply non-potable water throughout parts of the council.

Project benefits/objectives:

  • Construct stormwater harvesting and reuse infrastructure that has the capacity to reduce potable water demand by up to 555 ML/yr by replacing potable water with treated stormwater in fit for purpose uses such as irrigation of parks and gardens.
  • Promote the sustainable use of alternative water supplies in the Adelaide urban environment.

Project progress:

The project is due for completion by October 2013.


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