Ipswich City Council is investing in pilots of Water Smart Street Trees at selected locations across the city.
The Water Smart Street Tree project is funded through council's Stormwater Quality Offsets program.
Find more information in the Water Smart Street Trees fact sheet (PDF, 445.6 KB)
Water Smart Street Trees are an innovative way of using stormwater to nourish street trees.
It works by diverting stormwater to the root zone of street trees planted next to the kerb.
The trees help improve the health of our waterways as they capture nutrients and sediments that would otherwise wash into our rivers and creeks.
This means they are sustainable self-watering street trees.
There are different design configurations that could be used, depending on the site features and landscape.
The best thing you can do for your Water Smart Street Tree is to do nothing at all.
It's vital you don't:
Water Smart Street Trees bring a lot of great benefits to our neighbourhoods and waterways.
Council has designed Water Smart Street Trees to fit neatly into the streetscape and landscape.
Benefits of healthy trees in neighbourhoods include:
By using stormwater, the Water Smart Street Tree system:
The Water Smart Street Trees project is funded through the Stormwater Quality Offsets program.
These projects must reduce pollutants such as nitrogen, phosphorous, suspended solids and gross pollutants.
These pollutants have significant negative impact on our waterways.