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What is a Raingarden?

A raingarden resembles a regular garden with one major difference – it is positioned to receive rainwater from hard surfaces such as a downpipe from a roof, paved areas or roads.

Using layers of soil and gravel for filtration and planted with a combination of plants, shrubs and grasses, a raingarden reduces the amount of stormwater that would otherwise wash pollutants into the stormwater system and our rivers and creeks.

Raingardens also reduce flooding and erosion by slowing the rate and volume of stormwater flowing from hard surfaces.

Anyone can create a raingarden. They are creative, low cost and easy to maintain, and you can contribute to cleaner, healthier rivers and creeks.

Please note: A certified plumber must be used for stormwater connection and modification.

Further information

More information is available about raingardens and how to build them from Melbourne Water. For more information, you can also email Melbourne Water or call 131 722.

Examples of Maroondah City Council raingardens

Maroondah City Council has constructed a number of raingardens in the City of Maroondah:

Larissa Avenue Ringwood Raingarden

Larissa Avenue raingarden Larissa Avenue raingarden

Ringwood North Community Centre

Ringwood North Community Centre raingarden

McAdam Square car park, Croydon

MacAdam Square raingarden


Bayview Rise, Bayswater North

Bayview Rise raingarden


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