Protecting our water resources
Alexandrina Council is located at the very end of one of the country’s most important rivers, the River Murray, and all of our major townships are located adjacent to significant water bodies.
Significant Water bodies and catchment areas are the Murray Mouth on our eastern boundary, Lake Alexandrina, the Goolwa Channel, Currency Creek, the Angas, Bremer and Finniss River, the Tookayerta Creek as well as several wetlands.
Our region is recognised nationally and internationally for these important aquatic environments and we therefore focus on the sustainable management of these water resources as part of the Environmental Action Plan 2014-2018.
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As part of this Environmental Action Plan, it is our goal to become a water sensitive community. Over the next 4 years we will create and implement strategies to protect our water resources. These strategies/actions are:
- minimise council water use
- maximise the re-use of rain, stormwater and wastewater
- promote water sensitive development/water sensitive urban design (WSUD) and create public spaces that harvest clean and recycled water
- maintain and enhance the health of our waterways and wetlands
- provide the water security essential for economic prosperity by efficiently using the diversity of available water resources
- contribute to biodiversity and carbon sequestration
- mitigate against flood risk
- provide community leadership.
Aiming at becoming a ‘water sensitive’ community the above mentioned strategies and actions will guide us in creating places that are resilient, liveable, productive and sustainable.
Some of our achievements regarding sustainable water management are:
- Strathalbyn Library includes best practice Water Sensitive Urban Design features: localised stormwater capture provides water for landscaping and a 130,000l underground rainwater tank provides water for toilet flushing.
- Construction and expansion of stormwater storage, cleansing wetlands and redistribution/ re-usage networks within Goolwa, Strathalbyn, Port Elliot and Mount Compass.
- All major parks and gardens within the Goolwa Township are irrigated using recycled stormwater or wastewater. Mains Water Saving = approx. 45ML per year.
- We maintain a total of 31 gross pollutant traps which remove pollutants from stormwater before it enters the region’s waterways.
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