Drainage for Liveability

We're working with the community to transform stormwater drains and increase green open spaces in our urban environment.

The Drainage for Liveability Program is a collaboration between Water Corporation and Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. We're working with interested community groups, local authorities and industry, to turn our stormwater drains and basins into living streams - benefiting the community and environment.

Morley drain to be transformed into living stream

Peters Place Reserve, Morley

We're partnering with the City of Bayswater and the State Government to transform a Morley drain into a living stream and wetland. The new wetlands will be created at Peters Place Reserve, Morley, providing a greener community space with significant environmental benefits to the local community.

The living stream and wetland will clean stormwater as it flows through the landscape, positively impacting on water quality, and creating a healthier water system. Extensive tree planting will be carried out at the site, along with lower fences to allow the community to have a greater engagement with the wetland.

This will be our third partnership with the City of Bayswater and one of 8 functional drains to be turned into a living stream by the Drainage for Liveability Program in the last 3 years.

The Peters Place Reserve will link the Russel Street Park and Jakobsons Way projects, that are helping improve the water quality within the Bayswater Brook catchment - the fifth highest contributor of nutrients into the Swan River.

Media release: Morley drain to be transformed into a new wetland

About the program

The Drainage for Liveability Program complements the Water Sensitive Cities concept - the integration of water systems planning with land use planning. The aim is to show how water can make our communities more sustainable, productive, resilient and liveable.

Drainage for Liveability guidance notes

We’ve created a set of guidelines to promote interaction between organisations and their representatives undertaking drainage design and management.  These notes have been developed in conjunction with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation to aid in the design and implementation of stormwater infrastructure. Each note focuses on certain principles for consideration and provides recommendations for a collaborative design approach. We encourage infrastructure managers to adopt the approaches outlined where applicable.

Living streams in Water Corporation assets

Managing small rainfall events at source

Stormwater integration into open space areas 

Contact us

Manager Drainage and Liveable Communities, Water Corporation – Suzanne Brown, Phone: (08) 9420 2420

Manager Urban Water, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation – Tim Sparks, Phone: (08) 6364 7600



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