H2Pod: Quenching thirsty urban trees

Strange green sculptural forms have been springing up in parklands all over Melbourne this year. These innovative water tanks, named H2PODs were designed and engineered by Cobalt for Citywide, one of Australia’s largest infrastructure services companies.

H2POD is a portable water-tank specifically designed to drip-feed water to drought-stressed trees in parks and urban environments. This technique is the most effective and water-efficient method of watering trees.

The unit replaces the current use of traditional, industrial-style traffic barriers. Compared to these, H2POD holds 50% more water, but only uses 50% of the material in manufacturing. To boot it is more functional and its organic shape was designed to perfectly blend into parkland settings.

With easily customisable ‘slot-in’ panels H2POD’s can also be used for events and limited pedestrian/traffic management as a more flexible, people-friendly barrier.

The units are moved, filled and serviced by Citywide on behalf of local councils and authorities. Logistics, vandal resistance and environmental factors were also considered within the solution.