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The Waterwise Council Program aims to build a cooperative working relationship with local governments in Western Australia by acknowledging councils that are demonstrating leadership in sustainable water management. The Program supports the State Government’s vision to build waterwise communities.

About the Program

The Program, run jointly with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, supports local governments to improve water efficiency and adopt waterwise practices in their operations and communities. In conjunction with building waterwise communities, it recognises how Waterwise Councils are leading by example and inspiring residents to save water. It's free to join for LGA's in Western Australia. 

Key achievements
  • 64 councils are participating in the program
  • 100% metro local governments endorsed
  • 32 regional councils participating
  • In 2022-23, the Waterwise Greening Scheme funded 16 Waterwise Councils that created 263 waterwise verges, planted 427 waterwise trees, over 50,000 waterwise plants, delivered 6 garden workshops and 1 garden competition. 

What is a waterwise community?

A waterwise community is a cool, liveable, green and sustainable place where people want to live, work and spend time. It is where communities care about and value water while making the best use of its various sources (groundwater, surface water, stormwater, seawater and wastewater).

Waterwise communities provide healthy, natural environments that support a range of social, ecological and economic benefits.

Waterwise councils & the community

Benefits for endorsed councils

Councils that are endorsed receive several benefits, including:

  • Free waterwise training for staff
  • Access to up to $10,000 of Waterwise Greening Scheme funding
  • Data loggers to assist with leak detection
  • Opportunity to participate in liveability projects and trials.

Recognition Scheme

The recognition scheme acknowledges councils demonstrating leadership in sustainable water management, with Gold status for top-performing councils and a Platinum award for the council of the year. Recognition criteria aligns with the Water Sensitive Cities Index to celebrate the great work.

Inspiration from waterwise councils

We have case studies showing how our waterwise councils are saving water and creating waterwise communities. These capture challenges and lessons from WA councils and have been developed collaboratively to identify opportunities and innovative water-saving approaches.

Smart irrigation at the City of Joondalup

City of Joondalup

Parks and public open spaces in Joondalup have become more water efficient thanks to smart irrigation, which uses the appropriate amount of water based on the weather.

Read case study
Town of Bassendean wetlands image

Town of Bassendean

Street trees, parks, verges and green infrastructure reduce heating effects in heat-stressed areas. Discover how this town is creating a cooler environment.

Read case study

Want to join the Waterwise Councils program?

Find out how to join and start implement waterwise principles.

Join the program
04 May 2022 | Update

Waterwise champions making it their business to save water

Using water sustainably is good for business. Just ask this year's waterwise award recipients.

  • Business
  • Waterwise businesses
  • Waterwise councils
  • Waterwise developments
Sitting area at OneFiveOne Hamilton Hill
04 Apr 2022 | Update

2022 Community Choice Awards

The Community Choice Awards recognises leading Waterwise Councils, as voted by you. The shortlisted projects are all innovative and create benefits for the community

  • Community
  • Waterwise
  • Waterwise councils
14 May 2021 | Update

2021 Platinum Waterwise winners

Every year, Water Corporation and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation come together to celebrate the water efficiency achievements of local government, businesses, buildings, developments and aquatic centres.

  • Waterwise
  • Waterwise businesses
  • Waterwise councils
  • Waterwise developments
Image of Perth skyscraper, 197 St Georges Terrace