City of Bayswater to review water usage to keep Waterwise status

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THE City of Bayswater will put strategies in place to stop breaches of water usage and keep its Waterwise council status.

In October last year, Bayswater Council became a Waterwise council, a program run by the Water Corporation and Department of Water.

To keep its status, Council this month endorsed a water efficiency action plan and must meet new criteria.

Councillor Dan Bull said it was important Council led the way in water efficiency.

According to an officer report, the City breached its scheme water usage and groundwater licence three times in the last year.

To be a Waterwise council, there must be no breaches so the City has put strategies in place to stop it happening again.

Pensinsula Hotel had a 48 per cent increase in scheme water used from 2013-14 to 2014-15, and an investigation identified the evaporative airconditioner failed outside of service frequency.

Hardware was upgraded and more regular services are now carried out.

Water consumed at Lightning Park breached its groundwater license due to stinging nematode – or roundworm – problems.

The City had to increase watering to push the nematodes deeper into the surface and will now explore other options of watering.

Recent water conservation measures include the installation of a rain tank at Maylands Autumn Centre and a water audit was completed for Bayswater Library.

Council also requested landscape designs be drawn up for the provision of water wise verge gardens and tree planting at the City’s administration centre

Cr Catherine Ehrhardt, who put forward the motion, said while it could cost $40,000 to put in the garden and trees, it could generate mass savings long-term.

“You look at our city centre, it’s not exactly a testament to ‘garden city’,” she said.

However, Cr John Rifici said the costs – which could reach up to $500,000 if a bio retention basin was also included – looked huge.

“I don’t know if ratepayers are going to support this excessive show of environmental consciousness,” he said.

City of Bayswater water use

·       Top scheme water consumers: Bayswater Waves, Maylands Waterland, Peninsula Golf Course, Peninsula Hotel and The RISE

·       Top groundwater consumers: Maylands Peninsula Golf Course, Hinds Reserve, Lightning Park and Hillcrest Reserve