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Recycled stormwater to irrigate playing fields

Seven stormwater harvesting centres are going to be built across Brisbane parks and reserves over the next 20 months at a cost of $10.78 million.

In very basic terms, stormwater flowing down creeks is captured and stored in small reservoirs and later used to irrigate playing fields.

Overall plans for the seven stormwater harvesting centres show they will collect 185 megalitres each year, the equivalent of 74 Olympic swimming pools.

The first stormwater harvesting centre will be built at Whites Hill Reserve in Holland Park, Environment, Parks and Sustainability chairman Matthew Bourke said.

“The Whites Hill Reserve facility is expected to save nearby sporting clubs the equivalent of eight Olympic swimming pools of water each year,” Cr Bourke said.

Each stormwater harvesting and reuse facility has a storage basin, an in-channel storage systems - or an aboveground tank, depending on the creek locations.


The other six stormwater harvesting projects will be located in CB Mott Park in Holland Park; at Ekibin Park East in Greenslopes;  at Sexton Street Park in Tarragindi; then at Langlands Park in Coorparoo;  Norman Park Sports Precinct and at the Downey Park Sports Precinct in Windsor.

Half of the money - $5.39 million - comes from Brisbane City Council, while the other 50 per cent of the funds come from the Australian Government.

The stormwater harvesting project at Norman Creek is part of the larger-scale Norman Creek Master Plan, which aims to return it to a more natural state by 2031.

Work at Whites Hill started this week and the seven projects should be finished in 2016.