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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