Stage one of Peakhurst Light Industrial Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse Scheme officially unveiled
Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Jack Jacovou officially unveiled stage one of the Peakhurst Light Industrial Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse Scheme today (5 July 2013) at Hurstville Golf Course.
Mayor Jacovou said stage one included the installation of a biorentention system, access tracks, storage pond and wetland, and the planting of over 20,000 native shrubs and plants.
“The aim of this project is to capture and treat stormwater run-off from catchments to the north, east and west of the golf course, including the Peakhurst Light Industrial Precinct,” he said.
“The stormwater is collected from an existing pipe that runs under the 13th fairway between Roberts Avenue, Mortdale and Lime Kiln Bay.
“Essentially, the water undergoes further treatment to remove any bacteria before it is used to irrigate the golf course.
“Apart from conserving water, the environmental benefits are most positive and include the prevention of sediment and other unwanted pollutants such as nitrogen and phosphorous in the stormwater from entering Lime Kiln Bay.
“The Peakhurst Light Industrial Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse Scheme will use approximately 50 million litres of harvested water each year and help to save an astounding 21 million litres of tap water.”
Mayor Jacovou said the scheme was a significant project for Council which has already vastly enhanced the natural environment, and will help to ensure the water usage requirements of the course are managed sustainably into the future.
“On behalf of Council, I would like to extend thanks to everyone who has been involved in the project, including Council’s consultant team, comprising of engineers, landscaping design and irrigation specialists,” he said.
Mayor Jacovou said stage two of the project is due to commence shortly, with Council providing an additional $100,000 for further irrigation and topsoil upgrades, and the planting of an additional 5,000 native shrubs.
Hurstville City Council provided more than $400,000 for the project, the Australian Government’s Water for the Future Initiative contributed $1.07 million, the Office of Environment and Heritage’s Waste and Sustainability Improvement Program provided $740,000, and the NSW Government’s Climate Change Fund contributed $187,000.
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