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Given the recent floods in QLD, I am wondering whether anyone has some innovative and inexpensive ideas for small scale recycling of storm water on a suburban block.  Does anyone know about the installment and management of those pond systems?

By Liz
1/30/2011 3:43:04 PM

Hi Eve

There is a system that is used in permaculture, known as water harvetsing.  Basically it involves building a pond (size and shape to suit your block).  This collects run off water from your block and the pond is planted with grasses and foliage that filter the water.  You can also pump your laundry water into it.  If so, it is good to have several interconnecting ponds, with the overflow of the 1st pond moving into the second pond, allowing further filtration and this water being cleaner than the first pond.  The water can be then used on your garden.  If you are interested in knowing more, go to one of the many permaculuture sites on the internet or contact the Permaculture Institute of Australia. 
Hey, can you post pictures on this - it would be good to see what solution you come up with.


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