The Waterwise Business Program supports large commercial and industrial businesses in WA to save water through water recycling, improved water efficiency and use of new technology. Since 2007, the Waterwise Business Program has helped WA businesses save over 110 billion litres of water.

The program was introduced by the State Government as part of a range of mandatory water efficiency measures across the community. All businesses that use over 20,000kL of water per year are required to participate in the program.

The program offers WA businesses access to free training sessions and events, and a free data logger to assist with leak detection. There’s also the opportunity for businesses to be recognised for their water savings through the annual waterwise business recognition program.

What is a waterwise business?

To be waterwise, big businesses in WA are required to develop a Water Efficiency Management Plan (WEMP) detailing where water is used and water saving targets, actions and initiatives to reduce water use. Businesses are also required to provide us with annual progress reports.

Waterwise businesses we are working with include airports, aged care facilities, aquatic and leisure centres, caravan parks, councils, hotels, mining and manufacturing, offices, retail shopping centres, and tourist attractions (including Perth Zoo).

Key initiatives for a waterwise business include:

  • State-of-the art water efficient technology
  • Regular monitoring of water use
  • Infrastructure upgrades
  • Improved leak detection
  • Redesigned irrigation systems
  • Recycled water use
  • Staff and community collaboration
 
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Waterwise business recognition program

The program acknowledges waterwise businesses for their ongoing commitment to water efficiency and achieving a significant improvement in water use. There are two levels of recognition:

  • Platinum waterwise business of the year – annual recognition of one business as a leader in water efficiency, demonstrating best practice and innovation in water management.
  • Gold waterwise businesses - businesses that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to the program by implementing key water management actions and reduced water consumption.

We have a range of specialised waterwise programs to help save water in businesses, councils, buildings, aquatic centres, and developments. Find out how we’re collaborating to reduce demand on our water sources.

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Local waterwise businesses

Find out how local businesses are saving water through innovative technologies and initiatives.

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.

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Image of Perth skyscraper, 197 St Georges Terrace
31 Aug 2020 | Update

Saving water is all in a day’s work for our waterwise platinum winners

Ocean Keys Shopping Centre and Perth Zoo have both been awarded 2020 Platinum Waterwise Business of the Year. Both businesses have shown an outstanding commitment to improving their water efficiency.

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Perth Zoo Mainlake Enclosure area
29 May 2020 | Update

Perth Zoo awarded 2020 Waterwise Platinum Business of the Year

In the past few years alone, Perth Zoo has reduced their water consumption by over 20%. They've achieved this through a combination of park upgrades, improved staff collaboration and innovative enclosure designs.

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Western Swamp Tortoise pond at the Perth Zoo.