A message from your Mayor

Sustainability

Sustainability is about finding ways in which we can enjoy a fantastic quality of life, by using means that do not reduce the opportunity for other people, both now and in the future. At the City of Playford we aim to understand climate change and its impacts on us, as well as reduce the Council’s energy and water use.

Climate change is a global problem with local consequences with warmer and drier conditions, and increased risk of extreme events such as heatwaves, fire, flooding and higher sea levels. The Adapting Northern Adelaide – Climate Change Adaptation Plan identifies the priority actions and adaptation pathways that will help Local Government, communities and businesses adapt to climate related risks across short medium and long term timeframes.

For the Northern Adelaide region in 2070 and under a high emissions scenario:

  • annual rainfall is projected to decline by about 11 per cent;
  • rainfall intensity could increase by 16 per cent;
  • annual maximum temperatures are projected to increase by 2.3 degrees;
  • annual minimum temperatures could increase by two degrees; and
  • extreme heat days per year (35 degrees or higher) could increase by 76 per cent to 82 per cent (up to 44 days)

The City of Playford is taking action to reduce our energy consumption, as a contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing cost savings to our community.

Solar initiatives

The City of Playford has:

  • Installed almost 250kw of solar panels across many of our buildings, including the Civic Centre and Playford Operations Centre.
  • Changed all lighting to LED at the Playford Operations Centre and Civic Centres, and changed the way the power systems run.
  • In 2017, Council is upgrading our street lighting in pedestrian areas to 14w LED, saving almost $250,000 per year.

Water use

The City of Playford captures, cleans and distributes up to 1,500 megalitres (ML) of local stormwater each year for use on reserves and parks, as well as for customers such as schools that would otherwise rely solely on precious drinking water.

We do this in a number of ways:

  • Community bores (water from these bores is mixed with treated stormwater before being used for irrigation)
  • Curtis Stebonheath Wetlands (storage and treatment point for stormwater, processing 300 ML every year – 40 litres per second)
  • Aquifer Storage and Recovery (transfers recycled water from the wetlands to underground aquifer for storage, where it can later be extracted)
  • This water management system uses over 18 kilometres of purple pipes to distribute recycled water to local reserves, ovals and playgrounds.
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