Stormwater harvesting saves

A new stormwater harvesting and reuse system at a sports oval in Willoughby Council in New South Wales is estimated to save upwards of $10,000 per year.

The scheme harvests stormwater from a local creek. The stormwater is treated and then pumped to and mixed with an existing potable water supply, before being watered across Artarmon Oval at night.

The cost effective system, utilising mostly existing infrastructure, alleviates Willoughby Council’s reliance on purchasing potable water from Sydney Water.

The system has undergone stringent testing to ensure the water quality meets Council and community standards, and is subjected to constant monitoring, and mitigation measures.

Council has a strategy to roll out further use of stormwater harvesting and reuse at other ovals and sports grounds, following proven energy and water savings from this initial scheme.

Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney said the scheme is driving savings and promoting sustainability.

“This exciting project is a great example of how Council is utilising our natural resources and existing assets to sustainably maintain our local recreation facilities, while saving money and valuable
resources like water.”