Communities across the State have access to new information to help them understand what they can do to protect underground water sources.
An initiative between the Department of Water and local government authorities was officially launched by Water Resources Minister John Kobelke with a $100,000 State Government grant for a project in Cottesloe.
Mr Kobelke said the ‘Restoration of the groundwater aquifer on the Cottesloe peninsula’ project encouraged the local community to use water wisely and effectively utilise bore water.
“By changing our habits we can all help protect this precious resource and minimise the need to draw on precious drinking water supplies to maintain parks and gardens,” he said.
“A key component of this grant is that the campaign material prepared by the Town of Cottesloe for their local residents will be adapted for local governments across the State.
“What starts here in Cottesloe will help highlight the importance of our underground water sources in Western Australia.”
The State grant to the four-year Town of Cottesloe project adds to funds from the Federal Government’s Water Smart Australia program.
The Cottesloe project also includes:
· directing drainage water produced from roads, footpaths and parking areas into the aquifer;
· closing all ocean outfalls and redirecting the clean stormwater into the aquifer;
· ensuring that stormwater entering the aquifer has received treatment for the removal of pollutants; and
· regular monitoring of the water quality is maintained.
“By setting a good example with this initiative and getting it right, we can eventually progress this community-led campaign into all local government areas,” Mr Kobelke said.
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