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The Challenges of Building $270 million of stormwater management infrastructure to protect the environment of Blacktown City Council

15 Mar 2019
  • Blacktown Council plans to spend $270 million worth of development funds to build stormwater quality and quantity management measures over the next 20 years.
  • Council mostly plans to construct bio-retention systems to achieve its water quality objectives.
  • Construction at this scale has not been undertaken before anywhere in the world.
  • Bioretention systems are a relatively immature technology and this poses enormous challenges to both designers and constructors.
  • Sourcing a sustainable supply of raw materials for construction is a challenge as the quantities and costs are significant.
  • Council has developed many interesting approaches to managing the project risks with a view to delivering required outcomes.

 

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Mark Liebman, Drainage Design Engineer - Blacktown Council | Sustainability Workshop

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