Water Sensitive Cities Bus Tour
The City of Kingston recognises that stormwater runoff from our streets, rooves and other impervious areas has a negative impact on Mordialloc Creek, Patterson River and Port Phillip Bay. The health of these iconic waterways is vital and Kingston has, for the last 15 years, taken a lead role in constructing a significant number of stormwater treatment projects.
These type of environmental projects, collectively known as Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) initiatives, are designed to remove gross pollutants such as litter, cigarette butts, oil and silt as well as less obvious soluble pollutants such as nitrogen, phosphorus and heavy metals.
This tour will showcase a number of Kingston’s smaller ‘rain garden’ projects that are constructed along residential nature strips, as well as some much larger projects known as ‘bio-retention systems’. Both types direct stormwater runoff into specially designed garden beds that have a layer of engineered soil to filter out the fine pollutants. The clean water is then collected by slotted pipes and directed back into the traditional drainage system or stored in rainwater tanks for watering sports fields.