Stormwater Harvesting Scheme in Berri

Southfront recently completed the design and construction management for a $1.9 million Stormwater Harvesting Scheme in Berri. The Scheme was funded by the Australian Government as part of the Strengthening Basin Communities: Water Saving Initiatives Program.

Southfront undertook comprehensive hydrological and hydraulic modelling through the design phase together with a cost benefit analysis to produce an optimised solution. The scope of the work included upgrades to existing stormwater retention basins and the construction of new township stormwater drainage and water distribution infrastructure.

The primary objective of the project was to maximise the volume of stormwater that can be harvested to irrigate Council greenspace, with average annual yield to be 70 megalitres. The secondary objectives included maximising the stormwater quality improvement prior to discharge to the River Murray, and improving the performance of the stormwater drainage system. The project was also developed to complement Council’s existing Wastewater Reuse Scheme and the progressive installation of subsurface drip irrigation across the township to improve the security and efficiency of use of the town’s water supply.