Darlington aquatic centre saves more than 3.5 million litres of water

Bilgoman Aquatic Centre manager Chris Blankley.
Bilgoman Aquatic Centre manager Chris Blankley.

MANY small innovative ideas from staff at Bilgoman Aquatic Centre in Darlington have saved more than 3,508,000 litres of water in 12 months.

Staff at the Mundaring Shire-managed centre began participating in the Waterwise aquatic centre program about two years ago in collaboration with the Water Corporation.

Centre Manager Chris Blankley said the team introduced initiatives such as reducing flow rates in ablutions, single flush toilets and using brooms and blow vacuums for cleaning rather than hoses.

“We also used water wise plants and mulch in the gardens, in addition to regularly monitoring general usage and evaporation,” he said.

Sections of lawn were replaced with synthetic turf to minimise the need for water.

Mr Blankley said the many small changes adopted by the team had made a big impact on saving water at the outdoor pool centre.

He said more than 4,000,000 litres of water was saved since joining the Waterwise program after completion of renovation work.

“We’re very pleased with the result and look forward to introducing more water-saving initiatives over the next 12 months,” he said.

The Waterwise Council Program supports water efficiency and since 2008 has helped save enough water to fill about 280 Olympic-sized pools, which equates to more than 700 million litres.

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