Why clean water matters to Brimbank Council
Mayor, Cr Margaret Giudice says having access to clean water is critical for a range of Brimbank Council services and the community.
"Water is critical for Brimbank Council as it serves a variety of purposes including the maintenance of open spaces and irrigation of sports fields. Water is used to service leisure centres – such as swimming pools – and other Council facilities including the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre and child care and community centres across Brimbank."
"The Council has undertaken a number of water efficiency and stormwater quality improvement measures, including:
- The construction of stormwater harvesting systems to reduce the use of drinking water for irrigation at Green Gully Reserve, Keilor Golf Course, Keilor Park Recreation Reserve and Cairnlea Reserve. This saves about 100 million litres of portable water annually. That’s enough water to fill 50 Olympic-sized swimming pools!
- As part of a continuing programme, Brimbank has sown warm season grasses on approximately 70% of all sports fields in Brimbank. This grass requires much less water.
- Rainwater tanks have been installed on a range of Council facilities including the new Brimbank Community and Civic Centre, and Council has adopted mandatory Environmentally Sustainable Design guidelines that require all new Council facilities to include water efficiency measures.
- Council has also installed a large number of raingardens and other assets along streets and at carparks to help cleanse stormwater before it enters our local waterways."
"Having access to clean water is critical for a range of Council’s services to the community. In effect, a host of our services would not function without clean water including our key administrative and community facilities. Open spaces would also be detrimentally impacted."