Water smart city

Published on 30 September 2021

In the City of Tea Tree Gully we have been installing water smart solutions in our parks, streets and roads, to create cooler, greener and more sustainable places for us to live, visit and enjoy.

Being water smart is all about planning and designing gardens, building, streets and cities to make the best use of water in urban areas, including stormwater. Its also about reducing harm to rivers and oceans, by capturing, filtering and using it locally. This is referred to as Water Sensitive Urban Design or WSUD.  

As you are out and about over Spring, look out for the interactive signage on raingardens, verge soakers, street tree inlets, thirsty pavers and wetlands in our City - you’ll be able to see them in action! Click the link to see where the signs are located.

These systems work to:

  • slow and store water to prevent flooding
  • direct more water to plants and trees
  • remove pollutants for cleaner water
  • enhance habitat for wildlife
  • cool our suburbs and homes during hot weather
  • reduce the impacts of climate change.

There are many ways residents can be water smart at home, including using rainwater tanks, reducing hard surfaces outside the home and even installing a a backyard raingarden. Visit the Water Sensitive SA website for more ideas.

We are working together with Resilient East, Water Sensitive SA and Green Adelaide to help ensure our City is more climate ready, visit www.resilienteast.com/water to find out how you can be more water smart too!

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