Stormwater Harvesting Project
The prolonged drought and resultant water restrictions have motivated the community to begin to value all forms of water in Victoria. The state government has released a Living Melbourne, Living Victoria Roadmap which stated that storm water and recycled water sources are to be used more widely at a localised level while optimising the use of larger infrastructure to combat Melbourne’s growing population.
In 2009 City West Water in partnership with Hobsons Bay City Council developed the Open Space Water Security Plan for 30 reserves across the municipality. The report included the identification and conceptual design of the most suitable water supply scheme for each of these reserves. The water sources considered were rainwater, storm water, sewer mining, recycled water and industrial water. The preferred source for each was compared in a multi criteria analysis which included social and current condition of the ovals within Hobsons Bay in addition to the technical, environmental and economic aspects.
The Commonwealth Government is investing $3.13 million in the project through its National Urban Water and Desalination Plan under the Water for the Future initiative. This project specifically includes three sporting reserves including:
- Williamstown Cricket Ground;
- Paisley Park, Altona North; and
- Laverton Park Recreation Reserve, Altona Meadows.
Construction on the Stormwater Harvesting Project is progressing. The Paisley Park scheme commenced in December 2012, work began on the Laverton Park scheme on Thursday, 14th February. Contractors are working from 6.00am to 7.00pm, six days per week to progress the project in accordance with the timelines. The Laverton site is not near residents but is bordered by the railway line and freeway. Works have commenced at Cyril Curtain Reserve as part of the Williamstown Cricket Ground scheme and are scheduled for completion by the end of June 2013 (weather depending).
Further specific information can be sourced from the Council’s Recreation Department on 9932 1000.