Best Practice – Utilising stormwater as an efficient water supply option

Stormwater is the water that originates from rainfall but does not necessarily soak into the ground, rather it is rain that runs off the rooves/gutters of buildings, houses and hardstand areas. This water then enters the stormwater drainage systems in urban areas and natural water courses in non-urban areas This flow can significantly increase the amount and intensity of runoff water.

Stormwater does not necessarily need to be negative if managed in the correct way. Indeed, as the population continues to grow in Australia and the world, the demand for clean water exceeds the availability of supply. Stormwater, if managed and harvested correctly, can in fact be an efficient water supply option.

The correct management of stormwater can have very positive benefits for communities. A large part of stormwater management involves the use of stormwater retention and detention tanks. These allow for water runoff to be captured and used for later use, as well as dispense water when it is needed.

The employment of stormwater tanks in stormwater systems can greatly reduce the pressure and intensity of water runoff during deluges. This reduces the cost of infrastructure required to handle these rainfall events. It also provides benefits to the local environment in mitigating the risk of flooding.

We have researched the area of stormwater management and are presenting our findings in a White Paper. The paper gives a well-researched and in-depth account on Managing Stormwater Runoff and The Real Benefits to the Community and Environment.

The white paper covers how to correctly manage stormwater runoff and discusses the benefits that stormwater management gives to the environment and the local community at large. In doing so, the paper offers a detailed account of what stormwater is and the major consequences of stormwater when left unmanaged.

View the Storm Water Management White Paper HERE 

Chris Glenn

Bushman Tanks





Author: H Lindholm