Councils awarded as part of the recognition scheme were acknowledged at the 2017 Waterwise Business Recognition event, co-hosted by Water Corporation and the Department of Water on 9 May 2017.
Read Water Minister's statement recognising Waterwise Councils
The scheme provides 2 levels of recognition:
Platinum Waterwise Council – Council of the Year
Awarded to councils demonstrating innovation and leadership in sustainable water management of its facilities and public open space, as well as community education and behaviour change. We were thrilled to award 2 councils in this category, based on 2015–16 performance:
City of Mandurah
The City’s waterwise approach is evident in projects such as the move towards wastewater reuse to irrigate public open space, redevelopment works at the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre to facilitate its 2016 Waterwise Aquatic Centre endorsement and ongoing water audits at City facilities. These and many other projects demonstrate the City’s commitment to reducing water use their community, facilities and recreational spaces.
City of Vincent
Among their many waterwise programs, the City runs a successful Adopt a Verge Program and provides environmental and water sustainability community grants. In their operations, the City has undertaken eco-zoning of public open space and comprehensive retrofitting at the Beatty Park Aquatic Centre, which is also a Waterwise Aquatic Centre, to name just a few initiatives leading to this award.
Platinum recognition criteria
Platinum Waterwise Council (Waterwise Council of the Year) is awarded to a council demonstrating innovation and best practice techniques to improve water efficiency in facilities and in public open space.
In order to be eligible for this award a council must be an endorsed as (or eligible for) a Gold Waterwise Council and address the following as part of the annual re-endorsement process:
- How their council has contributed towards the efficient and sustainable use of water, focussing on the past year.
- An estimate of the total volume of water their council was responsible for saving each year (from baseline year).
- Evidence of work undertaken in the community or in council operations to reduce water use over the last year.
- Evidence of work undertaken that could be employed by other councils to reduce water use.
Gold Waterwise Council
Awarded to councils demonstrating significant progress towards best practice sustainable water management, community education and behaviour change. The following councils have achieved gold recognition based on 2015–16 performance.
- City of Bayswater
- City of Cockburn
- City of Joondalup
- City of Kwinana
- Shire of Mundaring
- City of Perth
- City of Subiaco
- Town of Victoria Park.