The Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board has provided more than $710,000 in urban project grants to promote water sensitive urban design (WSUD).

The funding promotes an innovative approach to incorporating the whole water cycle in South Australian towns and cities, including capturing and reusing rainwater to help prepare communities for hotter, drier summers.

The WSUD grants are funded by the Natural Resources Management (NRM) Levy. The NRM board works with local government and other partner organisations to facilitate the transition to water sensitive communities, by investing the NRM Levy in the development and implementation of better water policy, research, capacity building, and on-ground projects.

The transition to water sensitive communities inherently recognises the value of green infrastructure and incorporates the need to help communities adapt to a changing climate.

The grants will be used to fund projects such as:

  • Footpaths that allow rainwater to soak through, watering street trees and saving 40 million litres of stormwater from going down the drain every year
  • Car parks that direct rainwater to garden beds and street trees along Port Road
  • Establish a school wetland at St Catherine’s Primary School
  • Reusing stormwater to irrigate sports fields
  • Installing 85 ‘Treenet inlets’ in roadside gutters to use more than one million litres of stormwater every year to water street trees

Minister for the Environment, Ian Hunter, said planning for climate change now means better preparation for the future.

We all want to see water used wisely, and it’s great to see the innovative work being done to use our precious rainwater to create cooler, greener urban spaces,” Mr Hunter said.

“This is a great initiative of the board and a valuable example of the benefits to our community from the NRM levy.”

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