Your WEMP in 5 Steps

This step-by-step guide will help you create a WEMP for your business.

Here we have broken the WEMP down in to its 5 major components to help you get started. It details water saving actions and initiatives, and helps you set water saving targets based on industry benchmarks.

If you are required to complete a WEMP for your business you will receive an email with a link to your personalised online form.

This first section is an overview of your business.

Your business name, account number and property address are pre-filled for you. You will need to add a description of what your business does, similar to the example below:

Water Corporation is the principal supplier of water, wastewater and drainage services in Western Australia to hundreds of thousands of homes, businesses and farms, as well as providing bulk water to farms for irrigation.

Our services, projects and activities span over 2.6 million square km. We have over 3,000 employees and participate in alliances to manage an asset base of over $15 billion in water supply, wastewater, drainage infrastructure and bulk water for irrigation.The business name, account number and property address are pre-filled for you.

Here you will be asked to confirm your WEMP and management contact details and tell us about your Water Management Team, the people who play a critical role in ensuring you achieve your water efficiency goals.

5-year water use

This page shows your water use trends over the past 5 years, giving you an opportunity to overview your site's water use history. 

Try to identify what represents 'business as usual'. If there is significant variance in annual water consumption, please describe what has caused this, e.g. maintenance shutdowns, refurbishment or expansion.


Water use at your site

Here you will detail the common water using areas of your site and let us know if you utilise any water sources other than scheme water. 
The form has pre-defined options of common water using areas to make it easier to complete.

If you are unsure of where water is used a Waterwise Auditor can help to assess your site. You can also complete our free water auditing training course and undertake your own site audit.

If an audit is not practical, you can use your experience and knowledge to estimate how water is used.

This section tracks your water use performance. Your site's water use benchmark is used to track changes in water efficiency over time and is calculated using your individual measure of business activity.

For example:

  • hotels often use 'occupied room nights'
  • a swimming pool might use 'patrons per year'
  • shopping centres may use 'gross lettable area'

If you are unsure about the most appropriate benchmark please contact or 9420 3551.

Businesses that meet or exceed their water efficiency target may be eligible for an award as part of our Recognition Scheme.

Benchmarks and targets

  • Your water use is pre-populated, you will only need to complete the business activity measure and quantity fields.
  • Your benchmark will calculate automatically.
  • You will need to set a water use reduction target for 2018-19.

Your action plan

This is your opportunity to list water efficiency initiatives and their estimated implementation date.

If you are unsure which water saving opportunities are relevant to your site a Waterwise Auditor may be able to assist. We also have a list of water saving tips for many businesses.

The action plan has 4 time frames:

  • up to 12 months: actions that can be completed immediately or has a payback period within 12 months
  • 1-5 years: an action that will take more than 12 months to implement or has a much longer payback period
  • ongoing: actions that become 'business as usual' and do not have a particular end date)
  • future opportunity: these are actions that are part of your 'wish list' and not currently planned for completion or are out of consideration due to funding.

You will also need to estimate the cost to implement each water efficiency initiative and indicate the potential water savings of each.

If you wish to save your draft report and share with team members for review, click save and we will send you a link to your draft report.

The submission page allows you to review all of the information you've entered in the form before you submit it for review. Once submitted, we will review your WEMP in 15 business days and contact you if we require further details.

If you have questions or need help completing your WEMP, contact the Program Team on or (08) 9420 3551.