The Waterevolution program works collaboratively with the community across the Marrickville area to implement sustainable urban water management.
Through the Waterevolution program, Council is able to work closely with the communities across the Marrickville Council area for better urban water management. For example, many people want to use local waterways for recreation, such as to swim in the Cooks River again – and these programs support that aim.
This program is funded through the Stormwater Management Service Charge.
Council’s program areas
- Subcatchment planning considers the physical, social, land use, administrative and cultural characteristics for managing water at a local level. Marrickville Council has developed 6 subcatchment management plans to date.
- Water sensitive urban design (WSUD) is about the sustainable management of water within urban areas through intelligent and integrated design. It looks at the urban water cycle as a whole, taking into account available urban water sources: potable (drinking quality) water, wastewater, and stormwater.
- Rebates for rainwater tanks for rainwater tanks through Council's Rainwater Tank Incentive Scheme, and regular community workshops on rainwater harvesting and greywater reuse.
- Education and community engagement – Council helps plan and run projects with the community and industry, inspects commercial and industrial premises to prevent stormwater pollution, and works with businesses to reduce water use and stormwater run-off.
- The Sustainable Irrigation Plan involves storage and treatment of stormwater and then reuse for park irrigation providing a sustainable non-potable water supply.
- Asset improvement and maintenance includes planning, construction and maintenance of stormwater infrastructure (stormwater drains, pits, gross pollutant traps).
- Flood management concerns flood mitigation works, and technical surveys to improve the knowledge of how water flows through the Marrickville local government area.
- Ecological monitoring involves the implementation of an ongoing ecological monitoring program of the waterways in the Marrickville area. The program looks at the ecological health of the Cooks River and other waterways, and the effectiveness of WSUD initiatives in removing pollutants.
- Cooks River Alliance is a partnership of eight councils – Ashfield, Bankstown, Canterbury, City of Sydney, Hurstville, Marrickville, Strathfield and Rockdale – who are working together with communities for a healthy Cooks River Catchment.
- Cooks River ecological monitoring involves the implementation of an ongoing ecological monitoring program of the waterways in the Marrickville area. The program looks at the ecological health of the Cooks River and other waterways, and the effectiveness of WSUD initiatives in removing pollutants.
- target sustainability @ marrickville supports businesses to become water efficient through sustainability assessments to identify opportunities to reduce water use and costs