Charles Sturt University has secured a grant from the Australian Government Water Fund of a Community Water Grant (ID 23431) to the value of $45,990 (including GST).
The purpose of this grant is to upgrade an existing wetland on the Thurgoona site with the intent of not only restoring the wetland but also to provide a valuable research and demonstration project. As described below knowledge gained in this project is to be documented so that other communities can build on the CSU experience.
What is the primary purpose of your project? Treating water for discharge
Existing problem: The artificial wetland has three problems: inadequate drainage, occasional blockage around inflow, and insufficient monitoring detail. There is also no operations manual detailing how to effectively monitor and maintain grey water treatment systems in inland Australia.
Method to solve problem: Raise inflow pipes to ponds, raise base of primary ponds to increase flow into secondary pond. Construct drain from secondary pond into existing contour drain. Install sediment removal system at inflow pipes. Install devices to measure inflow/outflow and allow sampling of water for analysis. Production of detailed information booklet.
Expected results: Improvement in system performance, prevention of blockages that interrupt normal function, and detailed performance data allowing intensive research resulting in possible improvements to design for distribution to other users. Information booklet produced for other communities on how to design, construct and maintain grey water treatment system in inland Australia.
It is expected that the Division of Facilities Management (DFM) will manage this project. Indeed DFM has already set up a small working party that are currently collecting information on grey water ponds and the experience CSU has already had with grey water systems.
CSU has finalized the contract with the Department of Environment and Heritage to secure funds.