Royal opening of Brisbane stormwater centre
Rain Bank, Brisbane’s new stormwater harvesting and reuse centre, has been officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen.
The $8.58 million project will harvest stormwater from 30 hectares in the West End and South Brisbane catchments to irrigate gardens and other areas of Southbank. The centre is estimated to save more than 77 million litres of drinking water per year.
Rain Bank makes the best use of the water captured in the council stormwater system, which generally is unused and flows directly into the Brisbane River. By reducing stormwater discharge, the project will also help to improve the health of the river,” said Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water Senator Don Farrell said.
The $3.3 million in Federal Government funding for the Rain Bank stormwater harvesting project was provided under the National Urban Water and Desalination Plan.