Stormwater harvesting and reuse - sports fields

Brisbane City Council is installing stormwater harvesting measures in sports fields across the city to provide a sustainable water resource to irrigate parks and sports fields, resulting in better sports fields for Brisbane.

Summary

Address

Wilston Recreational Reserve and Spencer Park, Newmarket; Richard Ring Oval, Finsbury Park, Newmarket; Rasey Park, Windsor

Ward

Enoggera and Central

Project outcomes To improve the conditions of sports field playing surfaces by providing collected stormwater for reuse as an alternative to potable water use.
Latest update

Start of construction of Package 2 of the Stormwater Harvesting 2018-2020 project in the Downey Park Sports Precinct.

About the project

Stormwater harvesting and reuse is the collection of water from a drain, creek or pond, which is stored and used for another purpose such as irrigation.

In 2017 and 2018, Council completed construction of stormwater harvesting and reuse measures at three sports fields across Brisbane as part of the sports field water activation project.

In late 2019, Brisbane City Council completed Package 1 of the Stormwater Harvesting 2018-2020 project at four playing fields across the city.

Brisbane City Council is now undertaking Package 2 of the Stormwater Harvesting 2018-2020 project, expanding the usage of the stormwater harvesting network throughout the Downey Park Sports Precinct.

Council commissioned the Downey Park Sports Precinct stormwater harvesting infrastructure in 2016 to provide the sporting clubs within the precinct a source of water for irrigation to supplement potable water and reduce costs. Since 2016, three organisations have connected to the system.

Following investigations in recent years to determine viability, three further sites in the Downey Park Sports Precinct were selected to connect to the existing stormwater harvesting system:

  • Wilston Recreational Reserve and Spencer Park
  • Richard Ring Oval, Finsbury Park
  • Rasey Park.

Wilston Recreational Reserve and Spencer Park

Construction will involve installing a piped connection between the three existing tanks to the stormwater harvesting network, an irrigation pump, a flow meter and telemetry system to remotely monitor function and performance. Works will also integrate the new infrastructure into the existing control system to manage water levels in the tanks.

Richard Ring Oval, Finsbury Park

Construction will involve installing new storage tanks, new pipes and fixtures to connect the new tanks to the existing stormwater harvesting network, a flow meter and a telemetry system to remotely monitor function and performance.

Rasey Park

Construction will involve installing a piped connection between the existing tank to the stormwater harvesting network, a flow meter and telemetry system to remotely monitor function and performance. Works will also integrate the new infrastructure into the existing control system to manage water levels in the tanks.

Project timing

Construction is scheduled to start in March 2020 and is anticipated to be complete by mid-2020, weather and site conditions permitting.

Construction will generally take place between the hours of 6.30am to 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday.

Residents and businesses in close proximity to the works may experience construction noise, and low levels of vibration and dust. During the project, the work areas will be fenced off for safety purposes and signage will provide direction around the construction area.

In order to safely complete the works small sections of the Enoggera Creek Bikeway may be temporarily closed. Council will provide advance notification of any required closures and install detour signage where possible.

Every effort will be made to minimise disruption to the local community, and we thank local residents for their patience while we undertake these works.

Project benefits

  • assists with the ongoing operation of community sport clubs
  • reduces the use of potable water on playing fields by providing an alternative water source
  • results in better sports fields for Brisbane, improved playing conditions and encouraging more people to get involved in sport.

Council is a leader in sustainable water use initiatives.

Council is already taking action to limit our water usage and water wastage, including keeping Council gardens, sports fields and parks green through the Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse program, which decreases the water usage at more than 29 sites across the city.

This project is in line with Council’s commitment to keeping Brisbane clean and green and making our city sustainable for future generations.

Completed sites

Construction at Jack Speare Park, Indooroopilly, started in mid-May 2019 and was completed in September 2019. The stormwater harvesting improvements collect stormwater runoff from the eastern open drain and pump it to existing and new storage tanks.

Construction at the Forest Lake Sports Fields commenced in July 2019 and was completed in September 2019. The stormwater harvesting improvements collect stormwater runoff from the northern catchment and pump it to existing storage tanks.

Construction at Dunlop Park, Corinda, commenced in mid-August and was completed in mid-December 2019. The stormwater harvesting improvements collect stormwater from the western catchment and pump it to two existing storage tanks and two new tanks.

Construction at Bill Lamond Park, Lota commenced in late August 2019 and was completed in October 2019. The stormwater harvesting improvements at Bill Lamond Park collect additional stormwater runoff from the fields and pump it to the existing storage tanks.

Construction started on the Marchant Park, Aspley, stormwater harvesting and reuse system in May 2017 and was completed in November 2017.

Construction started at Akuna Oval, Kenmore, stormwater harvesting and reuse system in August 2017 and was completed in April 2018.

Construction started on the Wakefield Park, Brighton, stormwater harvesting and reuse system in January 2018 and was completed in June 2018.

Previous stormwater harvesting initiatives undertaken across Brisbane from 2014-16 delivered more than 73 Olympic swimming pools (up to 184ML) of water for reuse per annum. Read more about these initiatives.

More information

If you would like to provide comments, ask questions or find out more about current Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse projects you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 884 681
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888
  • email the project team 
  • write to:
    Stormwater harvesting and reuse project
    City Projects
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated:26 March 2020