Water­wise moves win gold for City again

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CITY of Kwinana has been recog­nised as a Gold Water­wise Coun­cil by the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion and the De­part­ment of Wa­ter and En­vi­ron­men­tal Reg­u­la­tion for the sec­ond year.

As one of 13 metropoli­tan coun­cils to achieve the ti­tle, the ac­co­lade recog­nises the City’s on­go­ing in­no­va­tion and lead­er­ship in in­cor­po­rat­ing water­wise prin­ci­ples into its op­er­a­tions, as well as a wholeof-wa­ter-cy­cle ap­proach to sus­tain­able wa­ter man­age­ment.

Mayor Carol Adams said it was an out­stand­ing achieve­ment for the City and were proud to con­tinue to be recog­nised for im­ple­ment­ing a range of sus­tain­able wa­ter ini­tia­tives in the Kwinana com­mu­nity.

“The City has worked dili­gently to­wards the Gold Water­wise sta­tus, im­ple­ment­ing a num­ber of ini­tia­tives such as the pop­u­lar adopt-a-verge pro­gram which en­cour­ages res­i­dents to plant lo­cal na­tive water­wise gar­dens on their verge and in­volves a sub­sidised lo­cal na­tive seedling sale, free mulch and verge gar­den­ing tips and work­shops,” she said.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, the coun­cil adopted a Green Build­ing Pol­icy for new and ren­o­vated coun­cil build­ings and runs an an­nual Liv­ing Smart Sus­tain­able Liv­ing Course.”

The City also im­proved its wa­ter use ef­fi­cien­cies through wa­ter mon­i­tor­ing and leak de­tec­tion, which led to 10 build­ings be­ing fit­ted with wa­ter data log­gers and a real time mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem.

Improvements were also made to how the City waters its parks and gar­dens us­ing cen­tralised ir­ri­ga­tion tech­nol­ogy, al­low­ing ir­ri­ga­tion op­er­a­tion and run times to be eas­ily changed based on weather con­di­tions. It also re­placed 15 in­ef­fi­cient toi­lets and uri­nals through­out the City, which dou­bled the num­ber of wa­ter ef­fi­cient sys­tems within coun­cil fa­cil­i­ties from the pre­vi­ous year.

“Through the early de­tec­tion of leaks we es­ti­mate that the City has saved ap­prox­i­mately nine mil­lion litres of wa­ter and the up­grade of the toi­lets within the fa­cil­i­ties is es­ti­mated to save us ap­prox­i­mately 900,000L of wa­ter each year,” Cr Adams said.

City of Kwinana di­rec­tor (City reg­u­la­tion) Maria Cooke, sus­tain­abil­ity of­fi­cer Sarah McCabe and Coun­cil­lor San­dra Lee ac­cept­ing the City’s Gold Water­wise Coun­cil award from Wa­ter Min­is­ter Dave Kelly.

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