Adelaide Botanic Gardens


On 21 September 2015, responsibility for water policy and resources was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Administrative Arrangement Order made on 21 September 2015.

This website will be updated to reflect these changes.


Adelaide Botanic Gardens: Fact sheet (PDF - 267.43 KB)

About the project:

Project location: Adelaide, South Australia

Funding recipients: SA Department for Environment and Heritage

Total Australian Government funding: $2,935,000 (GST exclusive)

Water savings: up to 100 ML/yr

The construction of stormwater harvesting infrastructure which includes: a treatment wetland; settling and balancing ponds; aquifer injection and extraction bores; and pumps and piping for distribution of harvested and treated stormwater. This project will ensure that the Gardens have access to a secure water supply for irrigation purposes.

The project provides for the construction of: paths and visitor amenities; a boardwalk through the macrophyte wetland zone; tree planting and lawns; visitors' interpretive nodes; and education nodes.

Project benefits/objectives:

  • Construct stormwater harvesting and reuse infrastructure which, once operational, has the capacity to reduce potable water demand of the Botanic Gardens by up to 100 ML/yr by replacing mains supply with treated stormwater.
  • Promote the sustainable use of alternative water supplies in the Adelaide urban environment.
  • Maintain visual and amenity value of the Gardens.
  • Provide education opportunities demonstrating the Garden's role as a leader in sustainable plant and water management in the urban environment.
  • Improve planting and landscape design, enhancing the visual and amenity value of this part of the Gardens as a public place, consistent with National Heritage obligations and the Adelaide Park Lands Development Plan.

Project progress:

The project is due for completion by October 2013.


Details of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens Stormwater Harvesting Scheme can be located at: