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Image (supplied) - Warrnambool City Council’s acting coordinator of strategic asset management Brendan McDonald, left, with Wannon Water’s integrated water management coordinator Jackie Bowe and City Memorial Bowling Club chairman Ray Cooknell

Roof Water Benefits Flow

Roof Water Benefits Flow

Image (supplied) - Warrnambool City Council’s acting coordinator of strategic asset management Brendan McDonald, left, with Wannon Water’s integrated water management coordinator Jackie Bowe and City Memorial Bowling Club chairman Ray Cooknell

Project to see benefits flow from Albert Park roof water

Sporting facilities at Albert Park will soon join Warrnambool’s roof water harvesting scheme, providing additional resources for the city and taking pressure off the stormwater network.

The large roofs at the City Memorial Bowling Club, Warrnambool Football Netball Club and table tennis, croquet and hockey club buildings will be connected to the system with work underway looking at connecting additional user groups such as Warrnambool College.

The scheme uses buffer tanks that allow for the capture of heavy rain events that would overflow a conventional rainwater tank set-up.

Wannon Water integrated water management coordinator Jackie Bowe described the project as a win-win.

“It’s an excellent example of integrated water management (IWM) where collaboration about the use of water from all sources and throughout the whole water cycle delivers long-term benefits for the entire community,” Ms Bowe said.

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“In this case, Wannon Water, Warrnambool City Council and the DELWP have worked together with an extensive list of stakeholder groups to support a sustainable solution.”

The water will steadily drain into a new main that is being installed along Cramer Street from Albert Park to the Brierly Basin raw water storage, leaving the tanks empty, ready to catch the next rain event.

Nearly 90 per cent of Warrnambool’s drinking water is currently pumped more than 90 kilometres from the Otway Ranges to Brierly Basin where it is stored before treatment.

Ms Bowe said Wannon Water is working hard to reduce reliance on the Otway supply by increasing roof water harvesting in the growing city.

City Memorial Bowling Club mooted the idea for the project after installing a 4000 square metre canopy over two of its greens in 2019.

Club chairman Ray Cooknell said the club’s location uphill of Brierly Basin made it suitable for gravity-feeding rainwater to the storage and contributing to the city’s supply.

Once the roof water harvesting project is completed, it will capture as much as 15 million litres of water each year which is enough to supply an average of 100 homes.

Stage one will involve the installation of the 1,282-metre long main with local company Cri-Tech awarded the contract.

Where possible, they will use trenchless technology to minimise disturbance to existing surfaces and driveways during the work which is expected to take around 14 weeks to complete.

The $700,000 project is being funded equally by the State Government and Wannon Water.

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