BEST Tree Tenders Nursery has completed the installation of the latest green technology to save water with the support of $35,000 from the NSW Government’s Climate Change Fund.
Over the last 3 months, the Nursery has used local contractors to install a system to collect and store rainwater and runoff from the facilities roofs and hard surfaces. The water will be used to irrigate seedlings and plants.
BEST Tree Tenders Nursery Retail Manager, Julie Weir, said “The water project is very significant for the nursery; it will enable all water used on site to be trapped, filtered and recycled through the upgraded irrigation system”.
“The nursery will draw less water from the treated town water supply for its irrigation requirements which is of significant economic and environmental benefit”. Ms Weir said.
“An added bonus is that the project will also result in less water exiting the nursery site in a storm event and running into natural watercourses, thus reducing the possible impact of higher nutrient levels in runoff water”.
The project is estimated to save 24 million litres of water in the first 10 years.
BEST Tree Tenders Nursery is a commercial and social enterprise operated by BEST Employment Ltd, a not-for-profit community based company. The Nursery is one of 444 projects receive $10.2 million under the Community Savers stream of the NSW Climate Change Fund’s Public Facilities Program.
Together these projects will save an estimated 2.2 billion litres of water and 84,360 tonnes of carbon pollution in the first 10 years. Participating organisations are able to save an average of $4,986 a year on their water and energy bills.
The program covers the costs of simple and effective upgrades such as lighting retrofits, switching to solar hot water, installing rainwater tanks, water efficient toilets and fixtures in community clubs, halls, sporting clubs, preschools and aged care facilities.