Byards Road wetland

Constructed in 2013 by the City of Onkaparinga as part of stage 2 of it’s Water Proofing the South initiative, the $30million water reuse scheme exists within the Field River catchment and services the suburbs of Reynella East, Happy Valley, Old Reynella and Woodcroft within the City of Onkaparinga.

The scheme’s key features are a water harvesting pond adjacent Candy Road. From this location water is transferred via pipe to an urban wetland adjacent to Byards Road. This wetland receives and treats water from Candy Road as well as from adjacent creeks.

Water at the Byards Road site is then treated and injected into the underlying aquifer system accessed via bores around the wetland site, where it is kept until needed to service local irrigation demands. This process is known as Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR).

A pressurised pipe network distributes harvested stormwater from these locations to parks and reserves, sports fields and schools along with meeting construction, industrial and municipal demands as well as makes connection with our Brodie water reuse scheme.

The wetlands not only harvest stormwater, they provide expansive recreational green space destinations with connections to the Field River lineal trail, car parking, reserves, playgrounds and local shops.

Byards Rd wetland is a great site to visit as a family and try your hand at cubby building using fallen twigs and branches.

Byards Road Wetland nature play