Tea Tree leads the way in water savings

The City of Tea Tree Gully efforts in gaining water security for its community has been acknowledged with a national award. Council has been named the winner of the Innovative Infrastructure Development category in the 2011 National Awards for Local Government.

Chief Executive Officer Di Rogowski said the waterproofing of Tea Tree Gully has not only benefited residents, but also the rest of the State by ensuring that high quality water produced by South Australia Water is available for other users, as well as helping to reduce reliance on the River Murray

"We have set up a model that can easily by used by other councils across Australia and a number of the features implemented have already delivered multiple benefits for our local community," she said.

Mayor Miriam Smith said the Councillors had been long time supporters of the project and saw the significance of a reliable water source. The majority of Tea Tree Gully's parks and reserves now use recycled stormwater and wastewater to sustain them. The City will most likely end up with excess in water that can be on sold to other organisations.

Council's Manager Environmental Sustainability Brenton Curtis who led the project, said the City has achieved water security and halved its total water use over the last six years.

This has been achieved by:

• constructing eight wetlands, 10 aquifers and 33 kilometres of "purple pipe" to collect and distribute recycled water

• developing of a sewer mining and treatment facility to produce recycled water

• constructing a stormwater treatment facility

• introducing water efficiency measures at all community buildings

• converting all Civic Centre toilets to rainwater

• upgrading the area Council uses to wash trucks and machinery

• replacing irrigation infrastructure, including introduction of subsurface

irrigation for new installations

• encouraging water sensitive urban design within all new developments

• landscaping using drought tolerant plants wherever possible.

For further information contact Brenton Curtis on (08) 8397 7444.