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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Operation desert stormwater harvesting



The Operation desert stormwater harvesting project was involved in the collection of stormwater for targeted reuse thereby allowing remote communities to rely less on natural aquifers for the major supply of water for their communities.

Stormwater collected can be used in:

Two remote communities in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands of South Australia took part in the project.

Contoured ponding banks (earth mounds) were constructed to control the flow of stormwater and collect runoff from roads.

An additional benefit to the communities from this project was that the earth mounds were used as a meeting, sitting and camping place for their people.

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Centre for Appropriate Technology
PO Box 8044
Alice Springs NT 0871
Ph: (08) 8951 4311
Fax: (08) 8951 4333

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3 Wilkinson Street
Alice Springs NT 0870
Ph: (08) 8952 5300
Fax: (08) 8952 2299

Related publications

Bush tech brief #3: operation storm water harvesting (2002)

Centre for Appropriate Technology Inc

This fact sheet describes a project undertaken in two remote communities in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands in South Australia. It looks at stormwater collection and its use in the reduction of soil erosion, dust problems and the amount of potable water used for example in running air conditioners and landscaping projects. Methods used to collect stormwater are presented together with advice on ongoing repairs and maintenance to infrastructure initially developed to collect the stormwater.

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Control of soil erosion on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (2006)

Last MW

A booklet putting together fact sheets which help Indigenous communities on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands of South Australia tackle the problems associated with soil erosion. The fact sheets included in the booklet cover the following issues:

Each fact sheet provides either visual evidence, by way of photographs, or illustrations to help describe the problems faced by communities. The fact sheets also provide strategies for managing the soil erosion experienced by the communities.

A list of additional fact sheets on preventing soil erosion are provide at the end of the booklet.

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Last updated: 9 September 2013
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