Project location: Melbourne, Victoria
Funding recipients: Royal Botanic Gardens Board
Total Australian Government funding: $1,980,000 (GST exclusive)
Water savings: up to 55 ML/yr
About the project:
The project aims to reduce and eventually eliminate demand for potable water for irrigation in the Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG), Melbourne. Stormwater will be diverted from adjacent streets and treated through constructed wetlands. The project will reduce demand for potable water used to irrigate the gardens by up to 55 megalitres per year (ML/yr), and maintain the ornamental lake, a central feature of the RBG Melbourne landscape.
- Use harvested stormwater to irrigate RBG Melbourne's landscapes and reduce the demand on potable water by 55 ML/yr.
- Reduce nutrients entering the lake system and the Yarra River.
- Improve water quality and amenity in the ornamental lake system.
- Install photovoltaic cells to provide a renewable energy source for the project.
Construction of the project has been completed and the installation of photovoltaic cells to power the project will be completed by June 2013.
Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse projects are funded by the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative.
For up-to-date information about the Water for the Future initiative.