Shire of Leonora achieves Waterwise Council status [Minister]

1/06/2014
  • Shire of Leonora named WA’s 24th Waterwise Council
  • Shire completed an audit to identify ways to reduce water use long-term

The Shire of Leonora has become a Waterwise Council in recognition of its work to conserve water and put in place long-term efficiencies.

Water Minister Mia Davies praised the Shire of Leonora’s work to reduce its water use and be a waterwise leader within the community.

“The shire should be extremely proud of this achievement, which was made possible by conducting audits of its high water use sites, and then implementing changes,” Ms Davies said.

“This includes the installation of water-efficient products such as showerheads and low-flow tap fittings, which contribute to savings for years to come.

“The shire also reviewed water use at its Leonora Recreation and Aquatic Centre, with water-efficient products installed at the centre, including a solar pool blanket.”

The shire also uses recycled water to irrigate the Biggs Avenue sporting oval, which saves about 21 million litres of drinking water each year.

“Shire of Leonora chief executive officer Jim Epis also took the waterwise message into his own hands, by working with the Water Corporation to have a data logger installed at his property,” the Minister said.

“Data loggers record water use regularly, so Mr Epis was able to educate staff at the shire about how water is used in homes and how much can be saved through waterwise practices.

“This kind of leadership has also helped contribute to the fall in average household water use within the shire from 430,000 litres per year in 2008, to 348,000 litres per year in 2013.”

Fact File

  • The Waterwise Council Program is run through collaboration between the Department of Water and the Water Corporation, with support from the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives - Local Governments for Sustainability
  • Waterwise Council status is achieved by meeting agreed milestones in improved water management at corporate and community levels, and reducing water consumption
  • Information on how to become a Waterwise Council:  http://www.watercorporation.com.au

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