The centre uses water wisely. Precious rainwater is captured from the office roof areas, northern laboratories and courtyard areas and stored in tanks. The water is reused to irrigate the grass roof of the building, as well as for more critical tasks, such as fire supply.
Stormwater run-off flows into wetland ponds before returning to Swan Bay. The two treatment ponds protect the environment, as well as creating a haven for local wildlife.
The first pond is lined with clay and acts as a buffer zone to provide extra protection to the unique ecology of Swan Bay in the event of an on-site spill. The second wetland pond is unique in design. Rather than having a direct outlet to the bay, the passively treated run-off soaks into the ground and the sand filters and removes sediments before the water gradually diffuses into the bay. This natural diffusion is gentler on the Swan Bay environment.
Arup prepared a detailed site management plan, including groundwater monitoring, before, during and after construction to monitor the impact on Swan Bay. Two 1650m pipelines, which bring ocean-quality seawater to the facility, were bored beneath the sand dunes to minimise disturbance of the seagrass on the floor of Lonsdale Bight.