Town plans to cut wa­ter us­age

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett SOME AC­TION PLANS

THE Town of Vic­to­ria Park has put to­gether a plan to re­duce its wa­ter use over the next five years.

The Coun­cil signed off on the Wa­ter Ef­fi­ciency Ac­tion Plan 2016-21 at a Septem­ber 13 meet­ing, with a main part of the plan to re­duce cor­po­rate wa­ter con­sump­tion 10 per cent be­low 2014-15 lev­els (39,384kl) by June 2021. This equates to a re­duc­tion of about 1.43 per cent or 563kl a year.

The Coun­cil also wants to cut to­tal com­mu­nity wa­ter con­sump­tion per capita by 5 per cent be­low 2014-15 lev­els (119kl per capita) by 2021, which equates to a drop of about 0.71 per cent or 1kl per capita per year.

Town of Vic­to­ria Park chief ex­ec­u­tive An­thony Vuleta said the goals took into con­sid­er­a­tion the ex­pected wa­ter ef­fi­ciency gains from planned ac­tions, pop­u­la­tion in­creases and in­creased pro­vi­sion of ser­vices.

“We have also used re­sults achieved through our pre­vi­ous Wa­ter Ac­tion Plan as a ref­er­ence, so we an­tic­i­pate that th­ese are achiev­able,” he said.

“Sus­tain­able wa­ter man­age­ment is cru­cial for lo­cal gov­ern­ment to op­er­ate ef­fec­tively.

“The Town of Vic­to­ria Park un­der­stands that the avail­abil­ity of valu­able wa­ter re­sources is grad­u­ally de­clin­ing.

“Thus, we have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to sus­tain­ably man­age our own wa­ter con­sump­tion, while also em­pow­er­ing our com­mu­nity to make changes.”

Mr Vuleta said the plan al­lowed Coun­cil to in­ves­ti­gate, un­der­stand, im­prove and show lead­er­ship in wa­ter man­age­ment and also en­able the com­mu­nity to adopt more sus­tain­able wa­ter man­age­ment prac­tices. Ex­am­ples of ac­tions in the plan in­clude:

Con­duct a wa­ter au­dit on each of the Coun­cil’s top wa­ter-us­ing sites;

Cre­ate/main­tain a wa­ter bud­get for Coun­cil open spa­ces;

Land­scap­ing plans for pas­sive re­serves and land­scaped ar­eas to in­clude low wa­ter use plants, hy­dro­zon­ing and soil amend­ments to im­prove wa­ter re­ten­tion, and mulch;

En­sure staff mem­bers at­tend the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion’s Water­wise gar­den­ing and ir­ri­ga­tion train­ing/ef­fi­cient build­ing train­ing;

De­velop and ap­ply a Lo­cal Plan­ning Pol­icy or guid­ing doc­u­ment to im­ple­ment wa­ter sen­si­tive urban de­sign in new large scale de­vel­op­ments

En­gage with lo­cal schools on wa­ter ef­fi­ciency and sus­tain­abil­ity pro­grams.

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