City awarded Gold Waterwise Council status for ongoing efforts

Friday, 28 April 2017

The City of Mandurah’s approach to water conservation and efficiency has once again achieved the organisation re-endorsement as a Waterwise Council. This year reaching Gold status in the new tiered recognition system.

The Waterwise Council Program is jointly run by the Water Corporation and the Department of Water, and until recently was part of the ICLEI Water Campaign, a global water saving initiative.

The Waterwise Council program works with the Water Corporation and Department of Water to achieve reductions in scheme water and groundwater annually.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Allan Claydon said reducing water consumption in City facilities and recreational spaces was important for future sustainability and the City was proud of recognised for its
commitment.

“Water conservation is a big priority for the City, and it’s through ongoing efforts we’ve been recognised with the Gold Waterwise Council status,” he said.

“We’ve been recognised as a Waterwise Council since 2009, and this highlights our commitment to reducing water use in our community and maintaining it in years to come.”

Mr Claydon also congratulated the City officers who had worked hard to ensure that the City was recognised as a Waterwise Council, saying it was a fantastic result.

The City has committed to a Corporate and Community target of reducing water use by seven percent by 2020/2021 (based on 2012 water use figures).

Attaining Gold recognition has made possible by the significant progress towards, or achievement of, five additional actions in the City’s five year Water Efficiency Action Plan, above and beyond the minimum required for re-endorsement.

The City’s waterwise approach is evident in projects such as the City’s move towards waste water reuse to irrigate public open space, redevelopment works at the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre to facilitate its 2016 Waterwise Aquatic Centre endorsement and ongoing City facility water audits. Additionally, the Waterwise Verge Makeover program for residents will see more than 50 local verges converted into low water using native gardens this financial year.

The City will be formally recognised at a Waterwise Council Program event on May 9. The City is also in the running for the Platinum award (Council of the year) that will also be announced at the event.