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What is a raingarden?
Raingardens are water sensitive gardens that help the environment and protect our rivers and creeks from stormwater pollution. A raingarden works by diverting rain and stormwater to plants, trapping sediments and pollutants in its layers, filtering the water before it reaches our precious waterways and the Bay.
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In recent years Melbourne Water has been working with local government to demonstrate the benefits of raingardens, through building and showcasing tangible examples in the community.
Melbourne Water has partnered with City of Port Phillip in the delivery of the 10,000 Raingardens Program, to raise community awareness around urban stormwater and river health. We encourage all our homeowners to build residential raingardens.
In November 2010, council and community got their hands dirty to install a demonstration ‘raingarden' at the Betty Day Centre in Argyle Street, St Kilda.
See how the raingarden was constructed, and hear from the builders and Melbourne Water staff about the benefits of raingardens.
How can you create your own raingarden?
To see how you can install a raingarden at your own home, visit Melbourne Water and download the Building a Raingarden instruction sheets. While you're there, don't forget to register your raingarden and be part of the count towards the 10,000 Raingardens program.