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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-23/stormwater-to-be-treated-for-use-in-botanic-gardens/4216904?section=vic

Stormwater to be treated for use in Botanic Gardens

Updated Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:26pm AEST

Stormwater to be treated for use in Botanic Gardens Photo: The gardens’ recently refurbished volcano, built in 1878, is essentially a large above ground water storage tank. (Gloria Kalache: ABC TV)

A $6.5 million stormwater recycling project is set to safeguard Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Garden from future droughts.

The wetlands project was unveilled today by the Environment Minister, Ryan Smith.

It will treat up to 60 megalitres of stormwater from the streets surrounding the gardens and reduce the use of drinking water for irrigation by about 40 per cent each year.

The chief executive of the gardens, Philip Moors, says a wet winter is no reason to become complacent.

“We’ve been passing through a fairly wet period but the expectation is in the coming summer and indeed in the years ahead, we’ll get back to hotter, drier weather,” he said.

“So being able to use treated stormwater is a really important step forward.”

He says the wetlands will help to educate visitors about stormwater recycling.

“That’s a really important step forward for us as a conservation organisation and it’s a great demonstration for the community about how stormwater can be harvested and used in important ways to save drinking water,” he said.

Topics: water-management, gardening, environment, recycling-and-waste-management, melbourne-3000

First posted Thu Aug 23, 2012 7:46am AEST

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Written by vaphc

August 23, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Posted in Garden, Science, Water

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