Water Minister Graham Jacobs today recognised five Western Australian local councils for joining a State-wide water saving program.
The cities of Melville, Joondalup and Subiaco and the shires of Capel and Serpentine Jarrahdale are the latest councils to join the Waterwise Council program.
The program was developed by the Department of Water and the Water Corporation in conjunction with ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, to encourage councils across the State to take actions that save water.
Dr Jacobs commended the councils for working with the Government to set new standards in water conservation and efficiency.
“It is great to see they have made changes in all areas, including the use of groundwater resources for public open spaces and even within their offices,” he said.
“Councils are major water users and by committing to this program they can make a real difference to the built and natural environment they represent.”
The Minister said all five councils had developed water conservation and efficiency plans, and reached important milestones in the ICLEI Water CampaignTM.
“To achieve Waterwise Council status, these councils have established plans of action toward defined, concrete, measurable targets; they have worked toward meeting these targets through the implementation of projects; and evaluated local and cumulative progress toward sustainable use of water,” he said.
“These actions will be more important as water becomes more scarce and costly.
“The councils are investing in their own financial sustainability as well as the sustainability of the environment their constituents enjoy and live in.
“There is a cost to our lifestyle and the environment if we don’t conserve our groundwater or don’t mitigate our footprint. By investing now, these local governments are ensuring their sustainable future and the future of others.”
Dr Jacobs also praised the Department of Water and the Water Corporation for working together and managing the Waterwise Council program for Western Australia, with the assistance and co-operation of ICLEI.
“It is heartening to know that 34 councils are now taking part in this waterwise program and at least three more are close to achieving waterwise status,” he said.
Councils which already hold Waterwise Council status are the cities of Perth and Mandurah; the shires of Augusta-Margaret River and Kalamunda; and the towns of Kwinana and Cambridge.
The Minister will present certificates to the latest five Waterwise Councils at ICLEI’S Partners in Water Action breakfast at today’s WALGA Local Government Convention.
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