Hon Graham Jacobs MBBS FRACGP MLA

Hon Graham Jacobs MBBS FRACGP MLA

Former Minister for Water; Mental Health

    WA water utilities rank well in national performance report

    29/04/2010 12:00 AM

    Western Australia has performed well overall in comparison to water utilities across Australia in the Water Services Association of Australia’s urban and National Performance Reports launched yesterday.


    Water Minister Graham Jacobs said the report detailed the key performance indicators for WA’s water and wastewater service providers: Water Corporation; Aqwest (Bunbury); and Busselton Water.


    “It is encouraging to see that WA’s largest service provider, the Water Corporation, has the lowest operating cost in relation to the number of properties it serves,” Dr Jacobs said.


    “Benchmarked against all other providers across Australia, this demonstrates a high level of operating efficiency.”


    Now in its fourth year, the national ‘report card’ presents comprehensive information on a range of critical performance areas and charts the response by water utilities to the challenges posed by climate change, population growth, and declining and variable rainfall patterns.


    The Minister said what stood out from the 117 indicators the report covered was that Perth’s per household water use was the highest of any capital city across Australia.


    “These figures are an important reminder to us all that there is still scope for improvement in our water use,” he said.


    “I urge everyone in Perth to now turn their automatic garden sprinkler systems off in accordance with the change in season, and only use them if we have a prolonged dry spell,” he said.


    Dr Jacobs said water use had largely stayed on target throughout the summer but autumn was a crucial time when it typically went off track.


    “Over the last ten years, Perth’s households and businesses had done a tremendous job reducing their water use by about 20 per cent even without the tough water restrictions necessary in the Eastern States,” he said.


    “While we are not planning to introduce harsher water restrictions here, further reductions are still achievable often through simple changes to the way we use water.”


    The Minister said because the report covered 2008-09, the water saved from last year’s winter sprinkler ban was not included.


    “Community engagement has highlighted the desire for greater efforts in water efficiency and the winter sprinkler ban is a great example of how the Government is responding to this,” Dr Jacobs said.


    The Water Services Association of Australia’s urban and National Performance report is available for download at http://www.nwc.gov.au  


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