THE Shire of Mundaring has been named a Gold Waterwise Council as one of the state’s top water saving councils for demonstrating leadership and excellence in sustainable water management.
Gold waterwise councils were specifically recognised for demonstrating significant progress towards best practice sustainable water management, or achievement above and beyond the actions required for endorsement.
At the Water Corporation’s Waterwise Business Recognition breakfast Water Minister Dave Kelly congratulated the 19 councils some of which had saved as much as 14 per cent of their regular water use as part of the waterwise council program.
The program is part of a number of Water Corporation non-residential waterwise initiatives which saved more than 12 billion litres of water in 2015-16, the equivalent of more than 5300 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
The waterwise council program is run through a joint partnership between the Water Corporation and Department of Water, and supports councils to improve water efficiency in their operations and liveability in their communities.
The cities of Mandurah and Vincent received platinum recognition – the highest award in the program – for demonstrating innovation and best practice techniques in sustainable water management, as well as their commitment to community education and behavioural change amongst their ratepayers.
Mr Kelly said the state achieved the biggest improvements in sustainable water management when government, industry and communities worked together in partnership.
“I congratulate the program participants for their water saving efforts and particularly those recognised today for achieving platinum and gold status,’’ he said.
“The significant water saving milestones being achieved by WA councils is encouraging and reinforces that everyone in the community has a responsibility to save precious water in our drying climate.
“Sustainable and innovative use of water supplies, matched with water sensitive planning and design, is key to keep water flowing through our taps in our homes, our public open spaces green, and our neighbourhoods great places to live.”