Water­wise

Eco win for car­a­van park

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

An Onslow car­a­van park has been named water­wise car­a­van park of the year for its wa­ter con­ser­va­tion ef­forts af­ter fix­ing a ma­jor leak.

Dis­cov­ery Parks Onslow was named the win­ner af­ter its man­age­ment’s de­tec­tion of a leak and the leak’s re­pair led to a sav­ing of 120,000 litres of scheme wa­ter per day, as well as us­ing re­cy­cled wa­ter for wa­ter­ing gar­dens and bet­ter wa­ter use mon­i­tor­ing.

Dis­cov­ery Parks Onslow man­ager Tim Dodds said staff were “de­lighted” with the win, which came af­ter four years of de­vel­op­ing the prop­erty with a range of wa­ter ef­fi­ciency mea­sures and rec­ti­fy­ing a mys­te­ri­ous large-scale leak.

“It is a great ac­co­lade and re­flects the sub­stan­tial ef­forts made over the years to im­prove our wa­ter ef­fi­ciency, and also the cost of rec­ti­fy­ing a size­able un­de­tected and un­de­tectable leak on our prop­erty this year,” he said.

“This leak could have gone un­de­tected for years and po­ten­tially amounted to the loss of two large swim­ming pools of wa­ter ev­ery day. “We were able to stop that over a few months.” Min­is­ter for Wa­ter Mia Davies said the award was a credit to the park’s in­no­va­tion and hard work in re­pair­ing the leak.

“Replacing the old pipework has re­duced the amount of pre­cious wa­ter used by the park by about 120,000 litres per day, which is a great out­come,” she said. “The park now uses smart me­ter­ing tech­nol­ogy to al­low them to track wa­ter use on a daily ba­sis, making it eas­ier to iden­tify any un­usual jumps in wa­ter use.”

The water­wise award an­nounce­ments came last week as part of Na­tional Wa­ter Week, which is held in Oc­to­ber each year.

North West Cen­tral MLA Vince Cata­nia, Dis­cov­ery Parks Onslow man­ager Tim Dodds, and Min­is­ter for Wa­ter Mia Davies at the Water­wise car­a­van park of the year award pre­sen­ta­tion. Pic­ture: WA Na­tion­als

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