City praised for Waterwise commitment

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7 February 2018

The Waterwise Council program has re-endorsed the City of Joondalup as a Gold Waterwise Council and recognised the City for the significant progress made towards best practice water efficiency within City operations and throughout the local community.

A joint initiative of the Department of Water and the Water Corporation, the Waterwise Council program aims to build a cooperative working relationship with local governments to promote sustainable water management and encourages improved water resource management at a corporate and community level.

The City first obtained Waterwise Council accreditation in 2010 and has implemented many projects to retain endorsement and receive Gold Waterwise Council recognition for the second consecutive year.

These include:

  • Implementing Water Plan (2016-2021);
  • The use of soil moisture sensors to manage irrigation schedules in public open spaces;
  • The installation of three weather stations to inform irrigation schedules;
  • Park upgrades to include hydrozoning, ecozoning, redesign of irrigation systems and landscaping;
  • Environmental building audits and
  • The delivery of ongoing education initiatives through the City’s environmental education program and staff environmental awareness campaign, ‘Think Green’.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said sustainable water management was an important issue for the City of Joondalup and all local governments across Perth.

“The need to balance provision of water services for the community with the protection of water resources is becoming even more vital in a drying climate,” he said.

“The City of Joondalup recognises the importance of the sustainable use of water within its operations and facilities as well as the need to promote water conservation and water efficiency messages to the approximately 161,000 people who call our City home.

“Our City’s ongoing commitment and proactive approach to sustainable water management is demonstrated by the initiatives included in Water Plan 2016-2021 which go beyond regulatory requirements for local government in Western Australia.”

City representatives will attend a Waterwise business recognition event later this year.