The Water Corporation’s Waterwise Council Program helps councils become water efficient in their operations, set targets for corporate and community water use and provides information for communities on water conservation.
Waterwise Council Program
In 2012, the City gained Waterwise Council status due to its commitment to water management and conservation practices and the successful completion of the previous Water Campaign™ milestone framework. The City has maintained its Waterwise Council status by:
- Reviewing Council water consumption
- Working within Department of Water license conditions and setting targets for Council scheme water usage
- Reporting annually on progress
- Adopting a Water Efficiency Action Plan for potable and non-potable water sources across Council and the community.
Water Efficiency Action Plan
In December 2016, Council adopted its Water Efficiency Action Plan.
- Assesses current water use across council operations and the community
- Identifies inefficiencies and potential water savings
- Sets goals and benchmarks to improve water use
- Outlines a plan to implement water efficiency actions to achieve set targets
- Provides a process for annual reporting on water efficiency actions.
Water conservation targets
The Water Efficiency Action Plan includes the following water consumption and reduction targets:
- Corporate - to maintain corporate potable water consumption at or below 2014/2015 levels (67,596kL) by 2020/2021
- Community - to maintain total community water consumption at or below 2014/2015 levels (109 kL per capita) by 2020/2021.
Integrated catchment management
The City of South Perth follows an Integrated Catchment Management Plan to address urban stormwater management in conjunction with the State Government and drainage utilities.
The plan provides a best practice framework for enhancing and protecting the natural environment while:
- Prioritising issues associated with stormwater and drainage
- Reducing the likelihood of flooding
- Managing infrastructure assets
- Identifying strategies for involving industry, the community and government in managing catchment areas
- Identifying water quality issues.
The City conducts regular sampling of water bodies within its boundaries to ensure that water meets international quality guidelines. It also promotes and implements water quality education programs.
Strategic water management
The City has developed a Water Management Plan, which will go to Council in early 2017. The Plan will address corporate and community water management, including water conservation and water quality.