The Water Corporation is selecting regional communities in Western Australia to take part in the State Government’s Waterwise Towns Program to conserve water.
The program includes free showerhead swaps and comparative water use letters so people can see how much water they use and look at ways to reduce that amount over time.
Areas selected for the 2018-19 program are Albany, Mount Barker, Norseman, Leonora, Laverton, Menzies, Geraldton, Jurien Bay and Nullagine.
Up to two old showerheads can be replaced at no cost with water-efficient ones by taking the old showerheads and a copy of a recent Water Corporation bill to selected locations in each community.
The State Government is also rewarding Albany and Mount Barker residents who buy a new rainwater tank or have an existing rainwater tank plumbed into their homes, with a rebate ranging from $500 to $1000.
The program selects different regional communities each year to take part, with water saving offers tailored to suit local conditions.
State Water Minister, Dave Kelly, said, “Given around 22 per cent of all household water use is in the shower, swapping your old showerhead for a water-efficient one at no cost is one of the simplest ways to save water in your home.
“A water-efficient showerhead can save you around 20,000 litres of water a year.
“The Waterwise Towns Program has seen some excellent results in recent years. Last year’s participating communities saved an impressive 75 million litres of water – that’s enough water to fill more than 33 Olympic-sized swimming pools.”
Lauren Butler is the assistant editor for Utility Magazine. She’s based in Melbourne, Australia.