Town of Vic Park acting to reduce water use

Town of Vic Park acting to reduce water use

THE Town of Victoria Park has put together a plan to reduce its water use over the next five years.

The Council signed off on the Water Efficiency Action Plan 2016-2021 at a September 13 meeting, with a main part of the plan to reduce corporate water consumption 10 per cent below 2014-15 levels (39,384kl) by June 2021.

This equates to a reduction of about 1.43 per cent or 563kl per year.

The Council also wants to reduce total community water consumption per capita by 5 per cent below 2014-15 levels (119kl per capita) by 2021, which equates to a reduction of about 0.71 per cent or 1kl per capita per year.

Town of Victoria Park chief executive Anthony Vuleta said the goals took into consideration the expected water efficiency gains from planned actions, population increases and increased provision of services.

“We have also used the results achieved through our previous Water Action Plan as a reference, so we anticipate that these are achievable,” he said.

“Sustainable water management is crucial for local government to operate effectively.

“The Town of Victoria Park understands that the availability of valuable water resources is gradually declining.

“Thus, we have a responsibility to sustainably manage our own water consumption, whilst also empowering our community to make changes.”

Mr Vuleta said the plan allowed Council to investigate, understand, improve and show leadership in water management and also enable the community to adopt more sustainable water management practices.

“It will ensure that the Town builds on past achievements and continually improves water management practices,” he said.

Examples of actions in the plan include

– Conduct a water audit on each of the Council’s top water using sites

– Create/maintain a water budget for Council open spaces. Each irrigated area of irrigated parkland is to have a base annual water budget. Scheduling should be adjusted on a monthly basis and tracked against the water budget

– Landscaping plans for passive reserves and landscaped areas to include low water use plants, hydrozoning and soil amendments to improve water retention, and mulch

– Ensure all appropriate staff members attend the Water Corporation’s Waterwise gardening and irrigation training/efficient building training

– Develop and apply a Local Planning Policy or guiding document to implement water sensitive urban design in new large scale developments

– Engage with local schools on water efficiency and sustainability programs, including encouraging schools to participate in the Water Corporation’s Waterwise Schools program.

Engage with household and business ratepayers to promote water efficiency (e.g. native plant subsidy or giveaways, Waterwise garden competitions, a rebate program on water efficient products)