City of Mandurah rewarded for being waterwise

City of Mandurah irrigation technicians Alan McKay and Russell Price.
City of Mandurah irrigation technicians Alan McKay and Russell Price.

THE City of Mandurah has been gifted a commemorative park bench in recognition of its water-saving efforts over the past decade.

Under the State Government’s Waterwise Council Program, the City has achieved Gold and Platinum Waterwise Status for innovative water efficiency initiatives in the community, and was one of the first endorsed Waterwise Councils in 2009.

At last week’s WA Local Government Convention, Water Minister David Kelly recognised the City’s commitment over the past 10 years in providing waterwise leadership to the community.

The park bench, which is WA designed and sustainably made, has been installed at the Meadow Springs Sporting Facility, which features water-saving irrigation technology including tanks for a water reuse system.

The community can now enjoy the bench looking out over the reserve.

As part of the City’s efforts in this space, there are 12 data loggers connected to water meters throughout the city. The meters send real-time alerts to staff if any deviation occurs in the normal water consumption rate.

This enables council workers to better monitor water consumption by detecting water leaks.

Other initiatives include the Waterwise Verge program and ongoing irrigation improvements.

The City’s waterwise efforts also extend to improving water quality within the City’s footprint and estuarine environment by teaching the community how to look after their drains and waterways.

Deputy chief executive Graeme Davies said council was proud to be recognised for 10 years of water saving leadership.

“We’ve embraced sustainable water management at the City in a number of ways, including across our facilities, reserves, parks and natural areas, how we design future infrastructure, and how we spread those important messages to our community,” he said.

“We’re committed to continuing these efforts into the future to reduce our environmental impacts.”

The Waterwise Council Program is run through a partnership between the Water Corporation and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. It supports councils to improve water efficiency in their operations and communities, and to lead the way in water sustainability.

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