On the surface, councils may appear to use a lot of water. But in reality, they too have to sustainably manage their drinking water use and stick to their groundwater allocations.
Through our Waterwise Council Program, we’ve been supporting councils to implement innovative water efficiency initiatives within their own operations, to create liveable and resilient communities. Since 2009, over 80% of metro councils are participating in the Program, spreading the message to over 1.6 million of Perth’s residents.
Check out some of the work done by local councils to build waterwise communities for you and your family to enjoy.
City of Subiaco for example has redesigned their Mabel Talbot Reserve to include over 7,000 beautiful native plants, which thrive in our climate. An added benefit is carbon emissions & fertiliser use have been reduced, improving biodiversity in the park. But best of all, a 15% reduction in the Council’s drinking water use has been achieved.
Or City of Bayswater, who have a smart way of keeping their 190 parks, ovals and greenspaces functional, and waterwise at the same time. They use a centralised irrigation system that automatically switches off when rain is forecast – clever!
Saving water is everyone’s business.
That’s why as part of our Waterwise Business Program, we’re working with over 316 business customers to reduce their water use through initiatives like water recycling, improved water efficiency and water-saving technology.
Businesses using more than 20,000kL of scheme water a year are required to submit a Water Efficiency Management Plan detailing targets to improve efficiency and planned water-saving actions and initiatives. They also need to provide annual progress reports so we can track them against their targets.
The program has helped businesses save over 83 billion litres of water so far!
If you want to know what businesses are involved, read our Business Case Studies