Wyong Shire Council in NSW has completed the installation of a water harvesting system at Toukley Golf Club as one of the final initiatives to be rolled out under the Central Coast Water Savings Fund.

Construction of the stormwater harvesting system was a result of a grant of $98,000 from the Fund, and will save the Club an estimated 6 million litres per year of water and ensure the course is in peak condition all year round.

The system will allow stormwater to be harvested and stored in underground tanks, which can then be used to irrigate the golf course. The system includes a pump station to harvest stormwater from the nearby catchment, a 5,000 litre underground storage tank and a pump station to supply water to two 120,000 litre storage tanks connected to irrigation sprinklers.

Wyong Shire Council’s Director of Infrastructure and Operations Management Greg McDonald said the project is a great example of the innovative water conservation and recycling technologies that have been funded across the Central Coast region.

“The Central Coast Water Saving Fund has provided $9.5 million for over 80 local projects and saved more than 1 billion litres of water,” said Mr McDonald.

“This project demonstrates how the region’s businesses have been leaders in water saving initiatives and as a result of their forward thinking have created sustainable businesses that have reduced water use and their impact on the local environment.”

The Central Coast Water Savings Fund, through the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, was established in partnership with the Gosford/Wyong Councils’ Water Authority in 2006 to encourage investment in water savings on the Central Coast. The projects included recycling and stormwater harvesting projects for industry, businesses and sporting clubs, and efficiency programs for schools and households.

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