The Stormwater Harvesting Partnering Fund is one of the ways Greater Western Water is working with the community to develop impactful projects that promote sustainable water management and reduce our demand on drinking water.
Stormwater harvesting involves collecting, treating, storing and using stormwater runoff that would have otherwise washed down the drain. It helps us save millions of litres of precious drinking water each year and is an essential part of our strategy to provide alternative water for irrigation, and to support a greener west.
We look forward to continuing working with likeminded organisations to promote water sustainability and develop thriving green spaces in our service area.
Premier's Sustainability Awards
In December 2020, Greater Western Water’s Stormwater Harvesting Partnering Fund won top category honours at the Premier’s Sustainability Awards.
The award recognises our work with project partners and the community to deliver innovative stormwater harvesting initiatives that increase green spaces across Melbourne’s west while future-proofing our water supply.
The Premier’s Sustainability Awards are Victoria’s most highly recognised annual sustainability awards program. To view the ceremony, and the profiles of all finalists and winners, visit the Premier's Sustainability Awards website.
Round One Stormwater Harvesting Partnering Fund
During 2018, we launched round one of our Stormwater Harvesting Partnering Fund. We co-funded several projects during this round which included:
- Melbourne Olympic Park, Melbourne
- Woodlands Park, Essendon
- Balmoral Park, Derrimut
- Melbourne Ballpark, Altona
- Arndell Park, Truganina
- Edinburgh Gardens, Fitzroy
These projects will supply up to 108 million litres of stormwater per year for irrigation of sports grounds and public open spaces.
Round Two Stormwater Harvesting Partnering Fund
In October 2020, we launched round two of our Stormwater Harvesting Partnering Fund.
The Dempster Park Stormwater Harvesting Scheme in Sunshine North is the first project we are co-funding as part of round two of the fund. This project will save an additional 11 million litres of drinking water by capturing, treating and reusing stormwater to irrigate Dempster Park and surrounds.
We will be announcing funding for more projects as part of round two of the fund throughout 2021.