Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, has announced that work has begun on the Oaklands Park wetland that will provide treated stormwater for up to 30 parks and reserves in the City of Marion in South Australia.


Senator Farrell was joined by State Minister for Water and the River Murray, Paul Caica, in announcing the commencement of the $8.46 million scheme.


When complete, the project will be able to treat up to 200 mrgalitres of water each year, removing contaiminetns that would otherwise flow into the Sturt River.


“In reducing the use of potable water, the Oaklands Park Stormwater Reuse Scheme will help to diversify urban water supplies,” Minister Caica said.


“South Australia is a leader in stormwater recycling and by 2013 will be harvesting more than 20 gigalitres for non-drinking purposes.


“The Government will continue to work with local government and industry to develop an urban water blueprint for Greater Adelaide.”


The Australian Government has provided $3.73 million for the project through the Urban Water and Desalination Plan, a key component of the Water for the Future initiative.


The South Australian Government, through the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resource Management Board, and the City of Marion have each contributed $2.36 million.


The wetland is expected to be fully established and functioning by 2015.