Water in the Community
Rain water easily collects rubbish and pollution that can be found on our streets, footpaths, and yards, and can quickly carry this pollution to our streams and rivers. Therefore we need to be careful about the way that we design and live in our urban landscape, so that we can prevent this pollution from ending up in waterways such as the Cooks River and continue to do our best to bring our important natural places back to life.
Our Urban Catchments
The Marrickville Council area is situated on three water catchments: Cooks River, Botany Bay and Rozelle Bay. Find out more about these local catchments here.
Protecting Our Waterways
This page provides information on the initiatives that Council is undertaking to mitigate problems that affecting local waterways such as the Cooks River, and also describes how you can play your part in protecting these important but fragile areas.
Living Lanes Program
Marrickville Council is working with residents to improve our laneways. By greening urban laneways we can reducing flooding and illegal dumping and return these spaces to the local community.
Subcatchment Planning with Local People
Marrickville Council is working with our local communities towards sustainable management of our water resources, including Cooks River. Visit this page to find out how you can get involved.
Water Management for Business
This page provides information for businesses on how they can minimise the wastage of drinking water in their operations and avoid degrading the local area with pollutants that affect local waterways, especially the Cooks River.
Sustainable Irrigation Strategy
Did you know that Marrickville Council spends around $90,000 each year on drinking water that is used to irrigate its sports fields. Council has developed a strategy to reduce the amount of potable water used for irrigation which includes investigating other sources of irrigation water such as rainwater and stormwater. Please visit this page for more information.
Water Sensitive Urban Design
Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) is the sustainable management of water within urban areas through intelligent and integrated design. This page explains WSUD and how you can apply it on your property.
Sustainable Water Demonstration Sites
Marrickville Council is committed to demonstrating sustainable water management to the community and is currently working on a number of projects involving water sensitive urban design, water conservation, water reuse and harvesting.
Getting Involved in Sustainable Water Management
This page lists the various ways you can get involved in sustainable water management in your local area.
A charge applied to rates since 2007 which has been used to fund a number of important water initiatives.