Media Release - Stormwater Recycling to Keep Aberfeldie Green
Sports and recreation facilities in Aberfeldie are set to be green all year round with Member for Niddrie Ben Carroll today launching a $1 million water recycling project at the Afton Street Conservation Wetlands that will provide stormwater for irrigation and save up to 20 million litres of drinking water every year.
Representing Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, Lisa Neville, Mr Carroll said stormwater from nearby streets will be collected, treated and then used to irrigate Maribyrnong Park, Aberfeldie Park and Clifton Park without the use of drinking water.
“This area has been blessed with some of the highest standard sporting and recreation facilities, and it’s great to see investment in these vital community assets,” Mr Carroll said.
“Communities are often measured by the standard of sporting, recreation and green open space, and this project will ensure that Maribyrnong Park, Aberfeldie Park and Clifton Park will remain green all year round without using a drop of precious drinking water,”
“One lesson we learned from the drought was the impact that the loss of useable sporting and recreation facilities had on communities – and that’s the driver behind this project – securing water for irrigation, irrespective of prevailing weather conditions or water restrictions.”
The project saw construction of more than 2.7 kilometres of pipelines from the Afton Street Conservation Wetlands that capture stormwater from houses and streets across a 200 hectare area. The wetlands divert stormwater and runoff from Smileys Creek, subjecting it to natural treatment processes to remove litter and waste particles.
Once water has been treated, it is stored in the wetlands until being pumped through the new pipelines to existing irrigation systems already in place at each of the recreation facilities.
“Initiatives like this stormwater recycled project make the most of water resources that are available to us, and provide the community with a secure source of water that will enable us to maintain the facilities here in Aberfeldie to first class standard,” Mr Carroll said.
“I’d like to acknowledge the efforts of City West Water and the Moonee Valley City Council who’ve worked closely together over many years to bring this project to fruition for the benefit of the many community and sporting groups that use these facilities every week.”
Construction of the project began in May 2014 and was completed in early 2015.