Waterwise moves win gold for City again
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.