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Water is one of our most precious resources. All species require water for biological or ecological purposes.  South Australia is the driest state on the driest inhabited continent; as such we must ensure that we use our water resources wisely.

In Adelaide’s urban environment growth in levels of development and urban density are increasing the pollution pressures on our waterways and coastal waters.

To help us continue our commitment to sustainable use of water, here are a few tips that can assist in reducing your own water usage:

Brown Hill Keswick Creek Catchment Stormwater Management Plan (BHKCSMP)

The Cities of Adelaide, Burnside, Mitcham, Unley and West Torrens have been working on a Stormwater Management Plan for the Brown Hill and Keswick Creek stormwater catchments in Adelaide’s inner southern suburbs.

The plan will address flooding risk to properties, water quality, stormwater reuse, protection of watercourse & riparian ecosystems, land use planning and flood preparedness & resilience issues associated around the four major watercourses in the catchment, Brown Hill Creek, Keswick Creek, Parklands Creek and Glen Osmond Creek.

Structural improvements proposed in the BHKCSMP for the City of Adelaide area include a wetland and temporary flood storages in the South Park Lands.

A concept design of these works can be found here


March 21, 2016 – DRAFT FOR APPROVAL


The Brown Hill Keswick Creek Stormwater Project has reached a major milestone with the submission of the final Stormwater Management Plan (SMP) to the Stormwater Management Authority (SMA).

The final SMP to mitigate flood risks across the Brown Hill Keswick Creek catchment will now be reviewed for approval by the SMA following unanimous agreement of the plan amongst the project’s five catchment councils.

The Brown Hill Keswick Creek Stormwater Project looks forward to working with the State Government and the Stormwater Management Authority to progress the implementation of all the proposed flood mitigation works to significantly reduce the flooding risk to thousands of homes and businesses across metropolitan Adelaide.

Read the final SMP here.

Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD)

Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) is an approach to urban planning and design that integrates the management of the total water cycle into the urban development process.  Incorporating WSUD measures help mitigate the impacts of climate change and urban development.

WSUD incorporates all water resources including stormwater, rainwater, drinking water, ground water and waste water.  Examples of WSUD include:

  • Rainwater harvesting and reuse systems
  • Wastewater recycling, such as Council’s GAP scheme
  • Water conservation measures
  • Measures to minimise stormwater pollution, such as wetlands and raingardens

For information on South Australia’s Water Wise Measures and water restrictions call the Water Wise Measures hotline on 1800 130 952 or visit SA Water. You can also be water sensitive through sustainable gardening practices.

Glenelg to Adelaide Park Lands Recycled Water Project (GAP)

The Glenelg to Adelaide Park Lands Recycled Water Project (GAP) is a landmark project developed by the South Australian Government in conjunction with the Australian Government, and City of Adelaide.

The project delivers a sustainable supply of recycled water to the Adelaide City and Park Lands, and is used to irrigate over 163 hectares of Park Lands including Whitmore Square.

Whilst SA Water owns and controls the supply and quality of recycled water delivered from the Glenelg Treatment Plan, City of Adelaide is responsible for all risk management associated with the use of water once drawn from the meter.

Even though the water provided is recycled, City of Adelaide will continue to manage its use sustainably, including implementing best practice irrigation efficiency and management, sustainable turf management practices, and after dark (overnight) operating hours.

All Park Lands buildings, drinking fountains and toilets will remain on potable water supplies.

Below is a list of other useful documents about the GAP program and council’s waste water treatment process and monitoring program.

Torrens Lake

City of Adelaide is responsible for the management of two main watercourses within its boundaries: the River Torrens and the South Park Lands Creek. We work together with the Natural Resource Management Board to improve the water quality in the River Torrens.

Both watercourses are predominantly fed from rainfall running off hard surfaces (like roads, footpaths and buildings) and into the stormwater system. As such, pollution control and monitoring is a key management action for Council.

For more information on stormwater and to view water quality data of watercourses in South Australia see:

Water Quality

The City of Adelaide doesn’t manage drinking water quality, this role is a joint effort between SA water and SA Health.

For more information visit:

Sustainable City Incentives Scheme

City of Adelaide provides rebates to all businesses, residents, schools, community and sporting organisations in the City of Adelaide for the installation of water and renewable energy devices.

Find out more.

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