Stormwater harvesting and reuse projects

Brisbane has experienced extreme weather patterns in the last 10 years. From the worst drought in the region's history between 2001 and 2009, to the major flood event in 2011, the need to build resilience and manage risks in South East Queensland has been made very clear.

Brisbane City Council submitted a proposal to the Australian Government for funding towards a stormwater harvesting and reuse project. Council was one of nine successful applicants in the country and received $5.391 million (over four years) of the total $10.782 million project cost to deliver seven stormwater harvesting schemes to sport and recreational parks across Brisbane.

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


Address Various
Wards Chandler, Holland Park, Moorooka, Gabba, Morningside, Central
Project outcome

Stormwater will be used to replace potable water used for irrigation and will provide water savings equivalent to 75 Olympic-sized swimming pools each year

Latest update

All seven stormwater harvesting and reuse projects are now complete. 

About the projects

Council constructed water storage basins, in-channel storage systems and above-ground tanks to supply filtered stormwater from seven schemes to local parks and recreational facilities to be used for irrigation purposes. 

The stormwater harvesting and reuse projects were completed at the following locations:

  • Whites Hill Sports and Recreation Reserve, Camp Hill - open water storage
  • CB Mott Park, Holland Park - open water storage
  • Ekibin Park East, Greenslopes - open water storage
  • Langlands Park (Chadwick Place), Greenslopes - above-ground tanks
  • Sexton Street Park, Tarragindi - above-ground tanks
  • Norman Park Sports Precinct, Norman Park - in channel storage
  • Downey Park Sports Precinct, Windsor (Finsbury Park, Wilston) - in channel storage

This project was jointly funded by the Australian Government's National Urban Water and Desalination Plan and Council's Clean Green and WaterSmart Initiative.

Benefits of harvesting and reuse

Council has delivered a project that provides a sustainable water resource for irrigation of parks and sports fields, and protect and improve the water quality of stormwater by reducing the discharge of sediments and nutrients into local creeks.

Benefits of the project include:

  • reducing demand for potable water by up to 185 megalitres per year (ML/year)
  • fostering habitat creation within the project locations
  • increasing the amenity of open spaces within the Brisbane city area
  • improving waterway health

More information

If you would like to find out more about the stormwater harvesting and reuse project, phone Council's Contact Centre on 07 3403 8888.

07 October 2016