$1 million for smart water use

News release
22 August 2018

Grants worth close to $1 million are being offered to help manage water more sustainably in Adelaide.

The Water Sustainability grants (applications close Aug 31) which total $990,000 are for on-ground, planning and design projects to build understanding, skills, assets and commitments to better manage water, said Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges (AMLR) Manager Water Projects Katharine Ward.

“These types of projects will help make our city greener, cooler and more resilient to climate change,” Ms Ward said.

“To manage urban water sustainably, councils and planners use various strategies such as water sensitive urban design, stormwater management plans, and green infrastructure, including rain gardens, vegetated verges, green roofs and permeable pavements.”

Funded by the NRM levy through the AMLR Natural Resources Management Board, the grants are open to local governments and other organisations with the capacity to deliver projects with multiple benefits to the community.

“These projects will contribute directly, in the medium-term, and in the long-term, to the better management of water-related impacts on land, watercourses and coastal and marine environments, and the improved resilience of communities,” Ms Ward said.

Last year through a related grants program, the City of Charles Sturt received a $436,000 grant to reconstruct car parks on Port Road in order to capture and use rainwater. This water, which would otherwise have gone down the drain, now flows into swales planted with native species, cooling the area.

Another grant supported the development of the Lefevre Peninsula Stormwater Management Plan by the City of Port Adelaide Enfield. The plan, which aims to reduce pollutants entering Port River and Gulf St Vincent, includes rain gardens, community water sensitive urban design education, wetlands, gross pollutant traps and aquifer storage.

Applications close 31 August 2018.

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Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges