Waterwise council earns top gong

Article image - Waterwise council earns top gong Water Projects Officer Natalie Lees, Deputy Mayor Darren Lee and Groundwater Conservation Officer Dale Robinson with the Platinum award.

The City of Mandurah in Western Australia has received the highest recognition in the State Government’s Waterwise Council Program, having been awarded Platinum status at a special event recently.

The accolades were announced at the Water Corporation’s Waterwise Business Recognition breakfast, with the City awarded for its innovation and best practice techniques in sustainable water management of its facilities and public open space.

The award also recognised the City’s commitment to community education and changing behaviours.

In April, the City received re-endorsement as a Waterwise Council and reached Gold status, which made it eligible for the Platinum award.

The Waterwise Council Program is a joint partnership between the Water Corporation and the Department of Water, supporting councils to improve water efficiency in their operations and their communities.

The Platinum status recognised the City’s efforts in water conservation and efficiency in a number of areas, including: waste water reuse for the irrigation of public open spaces; the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre redevelopment, and achieving Waterwise Aquatic Centre accreditation (2016); facility audits, and engaging the community in water wise verge transformations.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Allan Claydon said the City was proud to become an inaugural Platinum Waterwise Council of the Year, as it showed the City’s level of commitment to reducing water usage and using water more efficiently.

“We were so honoured to be named a Gold Waterwise Council, and now to have achieved Platinum recognition is outstanding, and a testament to the ongoing efforts by our staff in water conservation,” he said.

“Saving water and using our precious resource more wisely is a big priority for the City. We have been recognised as a Waterwise Council since 2009, and we look forward to continuing our commitment to reducing water use in our community in the future.”