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.
Wilston Recreational Reserve and Spencer Park, Newmarket; Rasey Park, Windsor
Enoggera and Paddington
|Project outcomes||To improve the conditions of sports field playing surfaces by providing collected stormwater for reuse as an alternative to potable water use.|
Works to upgrade the Downey Park stormwater distribution network are anticipated to start in mid July 2020, weather and construction conditions permitting.
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, further sites in the Downey Park Sports Precinct were selected to connect to the existing stormwater harvesting system:
- Wilston Recreational Reserve and Spencer 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.
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.
Construction started 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.
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.
Downey Park stormwater harvesting distribution network upgrades
Following the recent addition of two new sports fields to the stormwater harvesting system, Council is upgrading some existing pipework and installing new water control features in Downey Park and Finsbury Park. The aim of these works is to ensure the system can continue to operate at an increased capacity.
These works are necessary to:
- ensure the system meets the irrigation needs of all sports clubs using the harvested water;
- increase the flow rates of harvested water through the system;
- avoid significant pressure losses as a result of more water being harvested; and
- ensure that harvested water is distributed equally to connected sports fields.
In Finsbury Park, works will include:
- installation of a new flow control valve at the existing tanks located near the Commercial Hockey Club building
- upgrading the existing section of pipework, between the existing tanks and the weir near Munna Street.
In Downey Park, works will include:
- installation of a new flow control valve at the existing tanks located near the shopping complex, on Noble Street, Wilston
- installation of a new flow control valve at the existing tanks located near the netball courts, near Green Terrace, Windsor
- upgrading an existing section of pipework, between the netball courts and the hockey fields.
These works are anticipated to start in mid July 2020, and will be complete by late July 2020, weather and construction conditions permitting. Construction will take place between 6.30am to 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday.
Works will begin in Downey Park and take up to two weeks to complete. Following completion of works at Downey Park, works will start in Finsbury Park and take up to two weeks to complete.
Residents and businesses in close proximity to the works may experience some construction noise and dust. Small areas will be fenced off where the pipework is upgraded. Once complete sections will be progressively backfilled, re-turfed and re-opened.
- 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.
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.
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
Brisbane City Council
GPO Box 1434
Brisbane Qld 4001.