What are Raingardens?
Raingardens are self-watering, low maintenance porous gardens that protect our rivers and creeks by capturing rainwater runoff from impervious urban areas, like roofs, driveways, walkways, car parks, and lawn areas and infiltrates into an underground stormwater drainage system.
Why are they important?
Raingardens offer several benefits which makes them important. They:
- Help manage stormwater runoff.
- Prevent water pollution and highly erosive flows on waterways and reduce nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in our creeks and rivers. * Recharge groundwater.
- Reduce flooding.
- Promote water conservation.
- Enhance the beauty of neighbourhoods.
- Enhance biodiversity by attracting birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects, creating a vibrant and ecologically diverse habitat.
- Empower residents to actively contribute to a more sustainable and resilient environment.
- Transpiration by plants causes a cooling effect in summer, acting like a natural air conditioner.