Como Park Stormwater Harvesting Scheme

Iconic parkland protected from ravages of drought

Few public sports facilities in Melbourne, or indeed Australia, have the charm of Como Park in South Yarra.  Set against a backdrop of stunning native and exotic trees on the banks of the Yarra River, the Park’s future as a premier recreational facility was under threat from prolonged drought conditions and an uncertain water supply security.

City of Stonnington Council realised that Como Park was too valuable a community asset to risk its decline in condition, so it teamed with Storm to design and oversee the construction of what is a truly remarkable stormwater harvesting scheme.  It is a scheme in which Como Park is guaranteed an ongoing source of “fit for purpose water and independence from potable water supply and rainfall.

Council had previously prepared a Sustainable Water Management Strategy in which they set a target of 50% reduction in corporate potable water consumption by 2011.

Two large stormwater pipes draining an area of 365Ha were confirmed to provide a constant base flow of water which is adequate to provide all the 20ML irrigation demands of Como and surrounding Ovals.  A capture, treatment and storage scheme was then designed by Storm providing 300,000 litres storage with filtration and disinfection treatment.  Use of the Hydrofilter technology was an Australian first – Storm is always looking to implement new technologies to provide an edge for their clients.

A number of controls were built into the scheme to ensure proper function, e.g. water quality and level sensors, automated system control room, and telemetry – all designed by Storm.  Some excellent smarts are a feature of the design.

The Como Park was conferred a 2009 Merit Award of Excellence in the category of Stormwater Harvesting by Stormwater Victoria.

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