Max Pawsey Reserve Stormwater Harvesting
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Max Pawsey Reserve Stormwater Harvesting


City of Casey


Narre Warren

Spiire’s Water Engineering team were engaged by the City of Casey to provide a functional design package for the Max Pawsey Reserve Stormwater Harvesting Project in Narre Warren.

The City of Casey outline a vision in their Integrated Water Management Plan (City of Casey, 2015) to develop a water efficient city; a city that manages water as a fit for purpose resource, values natural assets and biodiversity, and improves liveability by providing open spaces which encourage health and wellbeing.

Aligned with this vision, a previous concept design had selected a stormwater harvesting system in Max Pawsey Reserve as the first stage of a precinct wide initiative to supply 224ML/yr of harvested stormwater by 2036. The reserve, directly adjacent to Council offices and Fountain Lakes Shopping Centre, is in the heart of Narre Warren and provides potential for improved open space amenity for local residents.

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Spiire worked closely with the City of Casey to develop a functional design for the system which would assist Council with a Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) funding application.

Within a short three week time-frame, Spiire succeeded in refining the water balance modelling to calculate reliabilities for multiple stages of the project. The team delivered a functional design layout and provided design reporting and drawing set to assist in Council’s funding application in accordance with the tight program.

The design successfully met the intention of the concept design for the precinct wide stormwater harvesting initiative and improved the amenity of Max Pawsey Reserve. The design also successfully met Council’s budget requirements for different stages of the project.

Once construction is completed in June 2021, this stormwater harvesting facility will supply 100ML/yr of harvested stormwater to the local community. Spiire are thrilled to be involved in a project that considers the whole water cycle in order to deliver sustainable, smart and resilient outcomes. The team look forward to continue working with the City of Casey to assist in creating practical solutions in order to achieve their community and the environmental goals.

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