Shearwater on the island embraced the concept of Water Sensitive Urban Design and has constructed a product that
has broad reaching benefits for the Cowes community and
The outcome of this project is that the majority of stormwater generated in Cowes is now treated before entering the Rhyll Inlet. This provides an enormous net gain to the environment. Shearwater have invested more than $2 million in developing a wetland and retarding basin system that manages and treats a catchment area of 210 hectares, well beyond the requirements for the estate. The flows on effects are provision of a source of fresh water for irrigation of the Cowes Golf Club and improvement in water quality and reduction in flows to Rhyll Inlet.