Sports Turf Drainage Project – Churchlands SHS Lower Oval, Perth, WA

Subsurface drainage gave fast results, increasing school oval  availability over winter.

In winter of 2017, Churchlands Senior High School’s Lower Oval playing field availability had deteriorated due to large puddles and water logged turf. Some areas remained flooded for days, sometimes weeks. In April 2018, Subsurface Water Management commenced the subsurface drainage project. The project had some challenging constraints to work to – a very tight schedule, safety when working in such a densely populated area, and minimal disruption of normal school activities.

Churchlands Senior High School Lower Oval Flooding - puddles of water sit on the oval for weeks due to poor subsoil drainage.

Churchlands Senior High School Lower Oval Flooding

Not only did the drainage project run smoothly, to budget and in line with constraints, but the successful outcome can already be seen through the eyes of our end users – staff and students at CSHS. Below is an excerpt from the Principal’s message in the June 2018 school newsletter.

I am pleased to report that the works on the drainage system upgrade to the lower oval are now complete. Students no doubt will recall throughout 2016, there was significant flooding making the grounds unusable for weeks at a time. These works
undertaken by the department have passed their first test with the heavy rains during June showing no ill effects.

– Neil Hunt, CSHS Principal


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