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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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Alice Springs NT 0871
Ph: (08) 8951 4311
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Related publications

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

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This booklet collates fact sheets which help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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 provided at the end of the booklet.

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

Centre for Appropriate Technology Inc

This resource is part of a series of Bush tech facts sheets produced by the Centre for Appropriate Technology.

This fact sheet provides information on desert stormwater harvesting, and discusses:

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Last updated: 17 February 2017
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