One Planet Living - Sustainable water

Water is an incredibly important natural resource.

Well managed, it can provide for a multitude of uses critical to our day to day lives, while also sustaining the environment on which we fundamentally depend. However there are increasing demands placed on our water sources, and unsustainable water management practices are increasingly common.

Key Council strategies include Water Futures Strategy 2009, Stormwater Harvesting Policy 2009, Sustainable Water Use Plan 2006 (Council), Water Management Policy 2013 and Wetlands Strategy 2006

Key recent actions
Action Description Impact
Johnstone Park Raingarden

Beginning construction in April 2017, the Raingarden has been designed to address flooding issues in the Park, while improving stormwater quality and capturing water for irrigation. It will capture rain run-off from Gheringhap St and divert it through a series of terraced ponds, removing pollutants prior to its storage in an underground 250,000 litre tank.

Approximately 60% of the Park irrigation requirements will be provided through this system. 15-25 kilograms of nitrogen will be removed from stormwater, protecting the bay. Amenities in the Park will be improved including additional seating, all-weather paths and services such as wifi, power and drinking

Warralily/Armstrong Creek Wetland and Creek System – Stages 2A-2F

The rehabilitation and reconstruction of a 2.8km stretch of the degraded Armstrong Creek corridor through Newland Developers’ Warralily estate is a leading example of integrated stormwater management in Greenfield development.

The project represents a significant economic, social and environmental contribution to the local environment and community that cannot be understated.

Highlight project - Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

The Geelong Library and Heritage Centre is an example of a best practice sustainable design, achieving a 5 Star Green Star accreditation. It won the Woods Bagot Award for the Best Public Building at the 2017 Property Council of Australia Innovation and Excellence Awards.

Water capture, reuse and efficient fixtures results in a 79% reduction in potable water use. Rainwater is captured in a 50 kilolitre tank, treated and used for toilets and landscaping irrigation. Up to 600 litres of greywater from showers and taps is collected and treated each day.

The building’s photovoltaic system will generate an estimated 35,000kWh of electricity each year. All up the building produces 40% less greenhouse gas emissions than similar sized, non-green buildings.

Page last updated: Thursday, 1 June 2017