Funding for Adelaide water sensitive urban design

The Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board has awarded grants worth more than $710,000 for projects that will promote water sensitive urban design (WSUD), an innovative approach to incorporating the whole water cycle in towns and cities, including capturing and re-using rainwater to help prepare our communities for hotter, drier summers.

The grants, funded by the NRM Levy, will be used to fund projects such as:

  • Footpaths that allow rainwater to soak through, watering street trees and saving 40 million litres of stormwater from going down the drain every year. Awarded to the City of Mitcham.

  • Car parks that direct rainwater to garden beds and street trees along Port Road, awarded to the City of Charles Sturt

  • Establish a school wetland at St Catherine’s Primary School.

  • Re-using stormwater to irrigate sports fields, awarded to Adelaide Hills Council

  • Installing 85 ‘Treenet inlets’ in roadside gutters to use more than 1 million litres of stormwater every year to water street trees.

The NRM board works with local government and other partner organisations to facilitate the transition to water sensitive communities, by investing the NRM Levy in the development and implementation of better water policy, research, capacity-building, and on-ground projects.

More information is here.

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