A stormwater harvesting system has been installed at Kardinia Park.
The stormwater harvesting system diverts storm water runoff from a 30 hectare area and from nearby roofs and playing fields into an underground storage tank, that holds 1.7 megalitres.
Water is drawn from this storage tank and used to irrigate Simonds Stadium, Geelong Cricket Ground, West Kardinia Oval and Kardinia parklands.
The scheme is expected to save 13 megalitres of potable water per year.
Awards and recognition
Kardinia Park arena upgrade and stormwater harvesting won the 2012 LGPro Awards for Excellence in the Sustainability category.
The Simonds Stadium Management Group was the winner of the Barwon Regional Waste Management Group Sustainable Business Award for 2009 at the Geelong Advertiser Business Excellence Awards. Simonds Stadium received the award for their commitment to protect the environment by minimising environmental impacts from its events and business operations.
Judges were impressed with the Stadium Management Group’s efforts to capture and separate waste streams using a Public Place Recycling Program, which achieved:
- a remarkable reduction in water used
- increased rainwater capture from the stands
- implementation of energy saving measures and
- purchasing of drought tolerant turf.