Stormwater harvesting and reuse - sports fields | Brisbane City Council

Stormwater harvesting and reuse - sports fields

Brisbane City Council has completed the installation of stormwater harvesting measures in sports fields across the city to provide a sustainable water resource for irrigation of parks and sports fields, resulting in better sports fields for Brisbane.

Summary

Address

Marchant Park, Aspley; Akuna Oval at Cubberla Creek Reserve, Kenmore; Wakefield Park, Brighton

Ward

Marchant, Deagon and Pullenvale

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

Construction at Marchant Park, Aspley was completed in November 2017.

Construction at Akuna Oval at Cubberla Creek Reserve, Kenmore was completed in April 2018.

Construction at Wakefield Park, Brighton, was completed in June 2018.

About the project

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

Council has investigated implementation of stormwater harvesting and reuse measures at three sports fields across Brisbane as part of the sports field water activation project.

This project was a 2016 election commitment.

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.

Marchant Park, Aspley

Previous stormwater harvesting infrastructure at Marchant Park utilised two collection points to fill three storage tanks and irrigate two cricket fields. Construction involved the installation of three additional storage tanks at Marchant Park, installation of irrigation on three of the outer cricket fields and improvement works to the two existing stormwater collection points.

This project doubled the water harvesting storage capacity at Marchant Park and increased the number of irrigated fields to five, further assisting the community sports clubs by reducing the cost of irrigation.

Akuna Oval, Kenmore

Construction at Akuna Oval, Kenmore, involved construction of erosion protection measures, construction of a sediment basin and installation of a new sump and pump.

This upgraded system increased the volume of water collected for irrigation, providing an increase in alternative water available to the community sport club.

Wakefield Park, Brighton

Construction at Wakefield Park, Brighton, involved construction of a stormwater harvesting collection point within an existing creek, installation of two new water storage tanks and installation of irrigation on one of the soccer fields.

This new system will assist the community sport club in maintaining a high quality field by providing an alternative water source.

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

What are the 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.

More information

If you would like to provide comments, ask questions or find out more about the sports field water activation project you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 884 681
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888
  • email the project team 
  • write to:
    Sports field water activation project
    City Projects
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
28 June 2018