Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre case study (video transcript)

The Terry Tyzack Inglewood Aquatic Centre is an outstanding success story in terms of water efficiency and conservation, cutting back their water usage by half since 2006. This is a transcript of our video case study.

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[Presenter, Neville Passmore]: I know what you are thinking…these council-operated pools are wonderful facilities to have in our neighbourhoods but they’d that they would have to be the biggest scheme water guzzlers in town.

Back in the days when I was swimming competitively that was a pretty good call. Swimming competitively…well there is the Speedos to prove it. But no, I’m not going to get into those today.

Now, wide open pools like this can lose enormous amounts of water through evaporation. And then there’s back washing. So, some of those old pools can be seen as a dirty, great big hole in the ground into which water flowed endlessly.

The Terry Tyzack Inglewood Aquatic Centre is an outstanding success story in terms of water efficiency and conservation, cutting back their water usage by half since 2006. 

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Now, how did it happen?

Pool covering was a major step. Both indoor pools and three major outdoor pools are covered every night and also during the daytime through winter, when they are not in use. This reduces evaporation as well as cutting back on heating costs.

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First up…some meters, just like this one, were installed on the aquatics side of the facility with the idea of tracking water use between individual pools as well as the change rooms. And bingo! Where do you reckon the excess water was being used mostly? In the change rooms.

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18 showers were retrofitted with sensor timers and nine-litre per hour showerheads were installed. 

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This simple step is credited with the largest water savings in the facility.

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Eight urinals were converted to waterless bowls and this saved a million litres of water per annum. Now, you will find signs all around the place to engage swimmers and get them on board with that the water-saving message.

Some folks get to feel guilty about swimming pools because of the potential of wasting water. Well, here at the Terry Tyzack Inglewood Aquatic Centre, it’s reassuring to know the efforts that are being made to reduce that to the absolute minimum so that we can still enjoy our great WA lifestyle without compromising drinking water supplies.