Water Minister Mia Davies visited the LandCorp-Lend Lease partnership Alkimos Beach last week, saying it and Carine Rise had installed landscaping and plants, educated residents and made a commitment to reduce water use by 20 per cent.
Water-efficient fittings and fixtures are mandatory in homes at Alkimos Beach, while in Carine Rise, rainwater tanks and greywater systems are installed on all properties to supply water outdoors.
The program, run by the Water Corporation and the Urban Development Institute of Australia WA, highlights the importance of designing more water-efficient homes and communities.
To gain Waterwise endorsement, a development must meet the EnviroDevelopment Standards, which require a reduction in both drinking water use and irrigation for public open space.
‘The environment and households are both winners in this new arrangement as water use within the home is reduced by at least 20 per cent,’ EnviroDevelopment WA chairman Paul McQueen said.
‘The team at Alkimos Beach focused on reducing demand on our water supplies through educating the community and providing the tools to change water use behaviour.’
Eight other estates in WA have already attained the waterwise certification, including Shorehaven at Alkimos.