All cis­terns go at water­wise cen­tre


Eastern Reporter - - Street Watch - Ju­lian Wright

THREE busi­nesses – two from Mor­ley and one from Mirrabooka – have been com­mended by Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion for their wa­ter sav­ing ef­forts.

Mirrabooka Square Shop­ping Cen­tre was hon­oured with a Water­wise Busi­ness Award for its im­proved wa­ter ef­fi­ciency from be­tween 10 per cent and 25 per cent in the 2013-14 fi­nan­cial year, putting it in the bronze cat­e­gory.

The Gal­le­ria Shop­ping Cen­tre in Mor­ley was recog­nised for its ef­forts in the gold cat­e­gory and Mrs Mac’s was recog­nised in the bronze cat­e­gory.

Mirrabooka cen­tre manager Leanne Chaproniere said the com­plex had par­tic­i­pated in the Wa­ter Ef­fi­ciency man­age­ment plan for five years.

“As one of the 106 top wa­ter

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson sav­ing busi­nesses in WA, we are thrilled to be recog­nised for our achieve­ment and for the mea­sures we have taken to im­prove our man­age­ment of wa­ter,” she said.

She said the cen­tre took mea­sures to en­sure it saved the pre­cious re­source.

“(We) re­mod­elled the two main public toi­let blocks, util­is­ing wa­ter-ef­fi­cient cis­terns and in­fra­struc­ture and in­stalled wa­ter me­ters in ten­an­cies to en­cour­age re­tail­ers to adopt wa­ter-sav­ing mea­sures, giv­ing more ac­cu­rate read­ings on over­all wa­ter us­age,” she said.

“Cool­ing tower run times were ad­justed to achieve op­ti­mum cool­ing ca­pac­ity while reg­u­lat­ing wa­ter us­age, and clean­ing con­trac­tors were mi­grated to mi­crofi­bre tech­nol­ogy where pos­si­ble to re­duce wa­ter wastage.”

Wa­ter Min­is­ter Mia Davies said 338 busi­nesses saved a col­lec­tive 14 bil­lion litres of wa­ter in 2013-14.

“(That) is the equiv­a­lent of 6222 Olympic swim­ming pools,” she said.

Cham­pion Awards were pre­sented (re­ceiv­ing Plat­inum or Gold awards for two con­sec­u­tive years) to 14 busi­nesses, Plat­inum Awards (more than 50 per cent im­prove­ment in wa­ter ef­fi­ciency) to 12 busi­nesses and Gold Awards (35-50 per cent im­prove­ment) to 27 busi­nesses.

A to­tal of 24 busi­nesses will re­ceive Sil­ver Awards (25-35 per cent im­prove­ment) and 43 will re­ceive Bronze Awards (10-25 per cent im­prove­ment).

A full list of award re­cip­i­ents can be found at http:// www.wa­ter­cor­po­ra­ au

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