Aquatic centre case study
How can you do this?
Why we acted
Imagine if every pool manager in the aquatics industry and their Council, Australia-wide, made this small change. How much water and money could be saved?
Karin Kelly, Manager Bold Park Aquatic Centre
A water audit confirmed that the flow rate of our showers was 16 litres per minute, well above the minimum recommended water efficiency rating of 9 litres per minute (WELS 3 star).
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How we did it
We participated in a trial to install sub-metering to isolate water use in different areas of the centre. This confirmed that the showers were consuming a whopping 28% of our total water use.
We conducted trials on showerheads with different flow rates and, following customer feedback, changed our shower flow rate from 16 litres to 9 litres per minute. We also ran an educational campaign for patrons by placing signage in change rooms to advise them of the new showerheads and encourage shorter showers to support our water efficiency efforts.
Retrofitting showers is one of the easiest and cheapest ways for aquatic centres, or any facility with shared amenities, to save water with a big return in a short period of time.
What we are doing now
We continue to improve water efficiency by implementing a number of other measures, such as developing a policy for not washing down areas around the pool, but using a broom or blower vacuum instead.
We are also considering installing a rainwater tank and reusing greywater from the showers on the garden.
Who to contact
If you would like more information on water efficiency in your business please email us.