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Create your own raingarden and save water

Create your own raingarden and save water

You can save water and our waterways by creating a low-cost raingarden, which removes pollutants from stormwater before it reaches the drain.

Anyone with a garden can create their own raingarden, and even small private raingardens can make a big difference in preventing water pollution.

Benefits of building your own raingarden

There are many benefits of building a raingarden in your own backyard, for both you and the environment.


  • are attractive, easy-to-maintain and need little or no watering
  • save water, especially if planted with native, drought-tolerant plants
  • help to filter stormwater before it enters our rivers and creeks
  • help to reduce the rate and amount of stormwater that enters rivers and creeks after heavy rain
  • contribute to cleaner, healthier waterways, helping the plants, animals and communities that depend on them

How raingardens work

Litter, oil, excess nutrients, chemicals and sediment can build up on hard surfaces like roads and roofs and are easily picked up by stormwater.

The leaves and roots of raingarden plants - along with natural soil and gravel layers - help to filter the stormwater, removing much of this pollution.

Building your own raingarden

If you are interested in building your own residential raingarden, find out how by visiting Melbourne Water’s Raingardens website. Don't forget to register your raingarden and be part of the count towards Melbourne Water’s 10,000 Raingardens Program.

Council-built raingardens

We have been building raingardens in local streets, parks and around public buildings.

You can see raingardens in many new residential areas such as Epping North and Mernda, where they form part of the local stormwater system. Raingardens are also now being included in redevelopments in older local areas.