The Waterwise Council Program is free to join for all local government authorities in Western Australia. It supports councils to improve their water efficiency and water management to help create a Waterwise Perth and waterwise communities.

Our program is a partnership between Water Corporation and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

Since it was established in 2009 over 64 councils have joined the program reaching over 1.8 million residents.

Program benefits

Our program supports and encourages councils in their continuous improvement across the water cycle and the adoption of waterwise principles. 

  • Access to council and community water use data
  • Free waterwise education resources for your schools and community
  • Access up to $10,000 in waterwise greening scheme funding
  • Opportunity to participate in liveability projects and trials
  • Data loggers to assist with leak detection
  • Invitation to workshops, networking and industry events
  • Opportunity to showcase your sustainable water management initiatives on our website

How to become a Waterwise Council

Step 1 – Council commitment

Step 2 – Create an action plan

  • Create an action plan to track water use, set waterwise goals and opportunities for your council facilities and within your community to improve water management.

Step 3 – Complete free waterwise training

  • Encourage your team members to complete our free waterwise training modules today, which includes helpful topics such as landscaping and irrigation, water auditing and cooling towers.

Step 4 – Be a waterwise leader

  • Our water is precious so make sure your council leads by example by sticking to your watering days and following water restrictions such as the winter sprinkler ban.
  • Water Corporation and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and Water Corporation will verify each council has received no license or water use breaches as part of the ongoing endorsement assessment process.

Step 5 - Apply for recognition award (optional)

  • The recognition scheme celebrates councils who have done valuable work in creating waterwise communities. To apply for recognition you will need to complete the Recognition Scheme criteria application as part of your action plan.

Urban Canopy Grant Program

The 2021/22 Local Government Urban Canopy Grant program was created to expand tree canopy in high urban heat risk areas in Local Governments within the Perth and Peel regions. Funded by the Water Corporation and administered by WALGA, the program provides $750,000 to support additional planting or bring forward future tree planting in these Local Governments’ current urban forest plans.

Round 1 and 2 have now closed. For more information visit the WALGA website.

The Urban Canopy program is an initiative under the State Government's Waterwise Perth Action Plan, which sets the direction for transitioning Perth to a waterwise city, and for creating cool, liveable and green communities.