Councils lead the way in water sustainability

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19 Western Australian councils have been recognised for sustainable water management through the Waterwise Council Program, a joint partnership between Water Corporation and the Department of Water.

The City of Mandurah and City of Vincent received platinum recognition – the highest award in the program – for demonstrating innovation and best practice techniques in sustainable water management, as well as their commitment to community education and behavioural change amongst their ratepayers.

Water Minister Dave Kelly congratulated Western Australia’s top water saving councils for demonstrating leadership and excellence in sustainable water management.

“I congratulate the program participants for their water saving efforts and particularly those recognised for achieving platinum and gold status,” Mr  Kelly said.

A total of 19 councils were recognised at Water Corporation’s Waterwise Business Recognition breakfast, with some saving as much as 14 per cent of their regular water use as part of the Waterwise Council Program.

The program is part of a number of Water Corporation non-residential Waterwise initiatives, which saved more than 12 billion litres of water in 2015-16, the equivalent of more than 5,300 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

The Waterwise Council Program is run through a joint partnership between Water Corporation and the Department of Water, and supports councils to improve water efficiency in their operations and liveability in their communities.

“We see the biggest improvements in sustainable water management when Government, industry and communities work together in partnership,” Mr Kelly said.

“The significant water saving milestones being achieved by Western Australian councils is encouraging and reinforces that everyone in the community has a responsibility to save precious water in our drying climate,” Mr Kelly said.

Water Minister Dave Kelly presented the awards at a breakfast held in mid May, which also recognised Western Australia’s top water saving businesses and offices.

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