Hon Mia Davies MLA

Hon Mia Davies MLA

Former Minister for Water; Sport and Recreation; Forestry

    Merredin district pool achieves waterwise recognition

    16/08/2016 6:05 AM

    The Merredin District Olympic Pool was one of 11 centres across the State recognised as waterwise by the Water Corporation and the Leisure Institute of Western Australia (Aquatics) (LIWA) at the LIWA State Conference last night. 


    Water Minister Mia Davies congratulated the Shire of Merredin - which manages the pool - for its water saving efforts.


    "The management of the Merredin District Olympic Pool has made an outstanding commitment to water efficiency by carrying out an extensive review of how they use water and developed a plan to achieve ongoing water savings," Ms Davies said.


    To be endorsed as waterwise, an aquatic centre must demonstrate a number of water saving measures.  These include reading water meters daily, reporting and repairing any leaks detected, displaying water saving information for patrons, installing minimum rated water-efficient fixtures and fittings, as well as minimising water use for operations such as backwashing and irrigation. 


    In addition to the minimum water saving measures, the Merredin District Olympic Pool conducted an irrigation distribution test to reduce the amount of water used in the landscaping, and optimised usage of their automatic vacuum cleaner to reduce backwashing frequency.


    "I encourage aquatic centres across WA to become involved in the free Waterwise Aquatic Centre Program to demonstrate their commitment to conserving water where they can," the Minister said.


    The corporation has worked with LIWA to promote water efficiency in aquatic centres, which has helped the industry save more than 700 million litres since 2008 - which, in aquatic centre terms, is about 280 Olympic-sized pools. 


    Fact File

    • The Waterwise Aquatic Centre Program is open to all aquatic and leisure centres in WA
    • To view the full list of endorsed centres, or for more information about the program, visit http://www.watercorporation.com.au  

    Minister's office - 6552 5500


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