Waterwise Living

WaterwiseEast Village at Knutsford is set to become part of a network of sustainable communities demonstrating how to plan and deliver water sensitive urban developments.

A susatainably managed, shared strata bore will supply all irrigation needs, significantly reducing  mains water consumption and designed to be replenished through rainfall onsite.

The landsacpe design will be an exemplar of urban greening, using appropropriate species to create a comfortable micro-climate with optimal water use.

The project is targeting 80 per cent reduction in mains water consumption compared to the Perth average on a per person basis.

Responsible water use is a high priority for communities embracing a sustainable lifestyle.

Sustainable Urban Water Management

A range of water initiatives have been designed into East Village. This includes the onsite management of stormwater run-off from streets and lanes, which will be directed to landscaped areas to sustain plantings and trees.

Rainwater Supplying Homes

Learning from our multi-award winning WGV Innovation Through Demonstration project at White Gum Valley, the East Village design includes non-potable water systems with seven kilolitre rain water tanks plumbed to each household's hot water system, toilets and washing machines. These non-potable systems will see precious rain-water harvested and re-used, reducing the need to draw water from the traditional mains supply.

Managed Groundwater Use

The East Village design will feature a strata-owned bore which will provide irrigation for the precinct's green spaces. The amount of water to be drawn from the shared bore is designed to be less than the amount replenished naturally over a year.

As an Innovation through Demonstration project, East Village at Knutsford will deliver valuable real-world learnings towards a more waterwise and sustainable urban society - based on good science.

The project will be home to the Curtin University and DevelopmentWA Legacy Living Laboratory, L3. L3 has been selected as the location of the national iHUB project supporting a network of national research collaboration for smarter urban planning, design and management - encompassing the responsible and sustainable use of water. East Village will also be included in the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Water Sensitive Cities' Water Sensitive Outcomes for Infill Developments' research, with the research outcomes to provide real-life insights to inform the Waterwise design of future urban infill developments.

Next Steps

A robust data gathering system is being designed to ensure that water data will be available to researchers and residents. Rainwater tanks are already installed under the town home lots and all homes will be delivered with leading edge water systems in terms of both efficiency and sustainable water resources.

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Project Partners:

Curtin UniversityPower LedgerMurdoch University