Raingardens could be a landscaping design solution to droughts and water shortage conditions. They are certainly changing the way Australians think about gardening and are rapidly becoming an important part of garden design, particularly in Melbourne.
Melbourne Water, a water supply company owned by the Victorian Government, has launched the 10,000 Raingardens Program to encourage people to build raingardens in their own backyards in order to save water, protect the rivers and enjoy low maintenance sustainable gardens.
Their target is to see 10,000 raingardens built across Melbourne by the end of 2013. They are already up to 7,870.
If you want to participate in the program, you can register your raingarden now.
A raingarden is a garden bed designed to capture stormwater. Each year about 500 billion litres of stormwater runs off roofs, driveways, patios and roads. The amount and quality of water entering the waterways can be a problem and can lead to the erosion of river beds and to unfavourable conditions for the fauna and flora. Raingardens can be an easy design solution to help filter stormwater, providing significant benefits to the environment.
This program is an extension of the original project Melbourne Water set up with local councils and the community to build raingardens in public spaces. Here are some of the best public raingardens in Melbourne.
Melbourne Water has developed a website full of practical information. It includes easy, step-by-step instructions to help people design, build and maintain a raingarden in their own backyards.
You can also download detailed instruction sheets.
These videos explain what raingardens do and how they work, and includes some backyard landscaping ideas.
For more information at Melbourne Water.
Melbourne Water is owned by the Victorian Government. They manage Melbourne’s water supply catchments, treat and supply drinking and recycled water, remove and treat most of Melbourne’s sewage and manage major drainage systems and the health of waterways in the Port Phillip and Westernport region.