Program benefits & resources

The Program supports and encourages councils in their continuous improvement across the water cycle and the adoption of water sensitive cities principles.

Benefits of the Waterwise Council Program

  • Access to council and community water use data.
  • Free Waterwise education resources for your schools and community.
  • Councils can apply for up to $10,000 in Waterwise Verge funding per year if they promote a waterwise verge policy and offer residents a rebate or incentive scheme. Find out more about our verge funding.
  • Opportunity to participate in liveability projects and trials.
  • Educational presentations for community groups covering waterwise gardening, water conservation and Perth’s water future.
  • Data loggers to assist with leak detection.
  • Invitation to workshops, networking and industry events.
  • Opportunity to showcase their sustainable water management initiatives on our website.  

Benefits available to Waterwise Councils include:

  • Funding of up to $10,000 as part of the Waterwise Verge Incentive Scheme
  • Free water sustainability training for team members
  • Access to workshops, networking and industry events
  • Access to case studies
  • Access to water use data and key industry contacts
  • Promotional materials for your community
  • Data loggers to assist with leak detection

Water efficient landscape and irrigation

This is an online training module, which has been tailored for local government staff such as grounds keepers, parks and maintenance staff, customer service and administration staff. It covers:

  • effective gardening techniques
  • plant selection
  • soil preparation and mulching
  • irrigation.

Find out more

Water auditing for non residential facilities

This is an online training module that provides participants with sufficient water auditing skills to analyse and report on water use at simple, non residential sites. It covers:

  • internal water auditing process
  • basics on how to conduct an audit to determine water savings
  • how to develop a recommendation plan.

 Find out more 

Cooling tower water efficiency online training

Cooling towers are important components of many cooling systems in large commercial facilities and often consume large amounts of water. This course has been developed to provide you with a better understanding of opportunities to save water in existing cooling tower systems in commercial facilities.

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Endorsed Waterwise Councils

We are very pleased to have 34 Waterwise Councils across WA:

  • Shire of Ashburton
  • City of Bayswater
  • Town of Bassendean
  • City of Belmont
  • Town of Cambridge
  • City of Canning
  • Shire of Capel
  • City of Cockburn
  • Town of Cottesloe
  • City of Fremantle
  • City of Joondalup
  • Shire of Kalamunda
  • City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder
  • City of Karratha
  • Shire of Kojonup
  • City of Kwinana
  • City of Mandurah
  • City of Melville
  • Shire of Merredin
  • Town of Mosman Park
  • Shire of Mt Marshall
  • Shire of Mundaring
  • Shire of Murray
  • City of Nedlands    
  • City of Perth
  • City of Rockingham
  • Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale
  • City of Stirling
  • City of Subiaco
  • City of Swan
  • Shire of Toodyay
  • Town of Victoria Park
  • City of Vincent
  • Shire of Wyalkatchem

Working towards endorsement

The following 22 councils are working towards waterwise endorsement:

  • City of Albany
  • Shire of Bruce Rock
  • Shire of Carnarvon
  • Town of Claremont
  • Shire of Corrigin
  • Shire of Cranbrook
  • Shire of Denmark
  • Shire of Exmouth
  • Shire of Goomalling
  • Shire of Halls Creek
  • Shire of Harvey
  • Shire of Koorda
  • Shire of Lake Grace
  • Shire of Mukinbudin
  • Shire of Northam
  • Shire of Nungarin
  • Shire of Plantagenet
  • Town of Port Hedland
  • City of South Perth
  • Shire of Trayning
  • City of Wanneroo
  • Shire of York

See how other councils are leading the way with their water efficiency initiatives.

Read case studies

If you would like to register for the Waterwise Council Program or to find out more please email us at or the Department of Water at

More information

To get involved in the Waterwise Council Program or for more information please email or call (08) 9420 2572.