Turning on taps to ensure long-term water for gardens

The Australian National Botanic Gardens' future water supply is assured with the installation of a new irrigation system that draws water from Lake Burley Griffin. Senators Don Farrell and Kate Lundy turn on the taps for the new water supply

A light ethereal mist provided a somewhat ironic setting for ‘turning on the taps’ of the Australian National Botanic Gardens’ new irrigation system this morning.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, and ACT Senator Kate Lundy did the honours of turning on the non-potable water system which will irrigate the Garden’s collection of 65,000 Australian plants.

The new irrigation system, which draws its supply from Lake Burley Griffin, will save 170 million litres of water each year from Canberra’s reservoirs and guarantee water for the garden’s collection of native plants.

Find out more about this innovative irrigation system here.