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Smart rainwater reuse system for new skills training hub

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A 100kL ecoRainPlus® rainwater utilisation system has been installed as part of the Queensland Government's $84.6 million dollar upgrade of a TAFE campus in Brisbane to create a comprehensive centralised training facility.

Trades training programs at TAFE institutes in metropolitan Brisbane have been gradually transferred to the new institution at Acacia Ridge, known as SkillsTech Australia, as capital works were completed by builders Watpac. SkillsTech Australia is now Queensland's leading institute in automotive, building, construction, manufacturing, engineering and electrical/electronics studies. The 100kL Rocla ecoRainPlus® rainwater utilisation system is installed next to a new building for training electrical, air conditioning, mechanical and refrigeration mechanics.

The building has a roof area of around 4500 square metres. Rainwater collected from the roof is stored in the underground concrete tank for use in toilet flushing and landscape irrigation.

An ingenious switching system cuts off water for irrigation when the tank is empty, while allowing toilet flushing to continue using mains water supply when required.

Civil contractor Main Constructions installed the system beneath a road, taking advantage of the trafficable concrete system to save on site space. Craig Rayner from Main Constructions said his experience using Rocla® rainwater utilisation solutions on previous projects, as well as the speed of installation and a strong relationship between supplier and contractor, allowed for successful onsite outcomes.