Pooling water resources saves

Town of Claremont officer Andrew Head and Mayor Jock Barker say the Town has saved enough water to fill 97 Olympic swimming pools. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d407373
Town of Claremont officer Andrew Head and Mayor Jock Barker say the Town has saved enough water to fill 97 Olympic swimming pools. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d407373

The Town used just 231,519kl of its 338,940kl of groundwater allocated by the Department of Water, in the 2012-13 financial year, down from 282,570kl in the previous year.

Parks and Gardens supervisor Andrew Head said Claremont had improved and upgraded irrigation at Lake Claremont and used an iPhone app to control the watering.

Mr Head said they had also hydrozoned areas so those that needed a lot of water were on the same system as were spaces that only needed a small amount.

‘Turf requires a lot of water but gardens don’t so they are on different systems,’ he said.

‘We have flow meters on most of our bores and monitor that monthly.

‘We use Australian natives and water wise plants.’

Mr Head said council had made huge savings and aimed to keep improving efficiency.