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Working Together to Sustain the Parramatta River

This $1.9 million project was the PRCG’s flagship project and was run over three years from 2007-2010. The aim of the project was to implement widespread changes in the way that stormwater is managed within the Parramatta River catchment, through a practical, hands-on approach using new technology in the collection, treatment and reuse of stormwater runoff. The project involved seven local councils in the Parramatta River catchment: Ashfield, Auburn, City of Canada Bay, Hunters Hill, Parramatta, City of Ryde and Strathfield.


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Utilising Water Sensitive Urban Design principles, the project involved on-ground demonstration projects and training opportunities, giving each council the chance to build skills and make changes to their internal policies and practices.

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Overall, the project has resulted in more than 26 million litres of drinking water being saved (equivalent to 26 Olympic swimming pools), whilst also irrigating three major sports fields, keeping the ground softer to run on and directly benefitting the users of these areas. The stormwater treatment systems installed at the demonstration sites are also predicted to remove approximately 10 tonnes of pollutants each year (such as soil particles, nitrogen and phosphorus) from our waterways.

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Further technical information is provided on each of the demonstration projects. Click here for additional technical case study information

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This project was funded under the NSW Government’s Environmental Trust Urban Sustainability Program.

to implement widespread changes in the way that stormwater is managed within the Parramatta River catchment, through a practical, hands-on approach using new technology in the collection, treatment and reuse of stormwater runoff.