Stormwater harvesting

City West Water is leading the way in developing stormwater harvesting projects across the western suburbs of Melbourne.

What is stormwater harvesting?

Stormwater harvesting involves collecting, treating, storing and using stormwater runoff from urban areas.

It is an efficient, essential part of our strategy to provide alternative water for irrigation, and to provide water for a greener west.

We have six stormwater harvesting projects in operation, with seven additional projects in development. You can learn more about stormwater harvesting at Melbourne Water’s website.

Why is it important for Melbourne?

Stormwater harvesting can provide many benefits to Melbourne including:

  • providing a source of “fit for purpose” alternative water
  • removing waterborne pollution from waterways to protect waterway health
  • reducing pollution to Port Phillip Bay
  • improving flood resilience
  • improving urban landscapes, amenity and liveability through irrigation open space
  • assisting to cool our suburbs by fostering functional green spaces that provide shade and natural cooling.

Our Stormwater projects

We currently have six stormwater harvesting projects in operation, supplying up to 285 million litres of stormwater per year for irrigation of sport grounds and public open spaces.

We continue to partner with councils within our service area to deliver stormwater harvesting projects to irrigate public open space. We have committed to the delivery of seven stormwater harvesting projects by the end of 2020, as well as offering a Stormwater Harvesting Partnering Fund that will allow us to co-fund stormwater harvesting projects for open spaces, parks, and sports fields in our region.

Councils, developers, and private organisations are invited to apply for the fund.

Applying for co-funding – our Stormwater Harvesting Partnering Fund

City West Water can co-fund stormwater harvesting projects for open spaces, parks and sports fields in our area through our Stormwater Harvesting Partnering Fund.

Councils, developers, and private organisations with projects are strongly encouraged to apply. The fund is one of the most practical ways we’re partnering to benefit our community and we’re seeking impactful projects that will bring real liveability and environmental benefits to Melbourne’s west and our greater service area.

Funding of $100,000 and up to $1 million per project is available. Applicants must at least match City West Water for every dollar contributed. Through the fund City West Water will fund up to 50% of the projects costs, and up to 100% of the projects costs of the City West Water asset.

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