The City of Kalamunda manages Hartfield Park, a large multi-use reserve that accommodates a variety of sporting and recreation facilities, as well as encompassing an area of protected native-bushland.
In 2010, the City identified a need for additional irrigated sports-fields as part of its Hartfield Park Master Plan. As the groundwater allocation for the area was capped and fully utilised, it was recommended that an alternative water source be found to ensure the long-term sustainability of the site.
A concept was developed by the City that proposed harvesting valuable stormwater from a nearby Water Corporation main-drain and recharging it to the local aquifer system. In this way, water that would normally be channelled away as urban stormwater run-off during winter would be captured and stored for use in the irrigation system during summer. The scheme would be managed under the former Department of Water’s Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) operational policy (1.01).
The Hartfield Park Managed Aquifer Recharge project was concluded in 2017 with great success, with the City now having full support from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation to take the project to full scheme.
The features and specifications of the project are outlined in the New Water Ways case study.
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