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$24 million Murchison water quality program reaches first milestone9841Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 3330html26/11/2020 12:33:25 AM2020-11-25T22:35:00Z Advanced water treatment plant installed in Mount Magnet to dramatically improve water quality Construction progressing well on advanced water treatment plants for Cue, Sandstone and Meekatharra Project creating 60 local jobs in the Mid-West region McGowan Government has invested $140 million in Mid-West water projects since mid-2017 Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced the completion of the first of four new advanced water treatment plants in the Murchison, as part of a $24 million commitment to improving water quality in the region. Installed at Mount Magnet, the plant uses a process called electrodialysis reversal (EDR) to reduce naturally occurring nitrate and salinity in local groundwater sources. Similar plants in Cue and Sandstone are expected to be completed early next year, with Meekatharra to be commissioned by late 2021. It follows the success of EDR plants at Yalgoo and Wiluna, where nitrate levels have reduced by 75 per cent. The Mount Magnet, Cue and Meekatharra plants will be powered by renewable energy, helping to reduce carbon emissions, lower operating costs, and allowing sites to remain online during network power outages. The entire project is expected to create around 100 Western Australian jobs, including 60 for workers in the Mid-West. Since mid-2017, the McGowan Government has invested $140 million in new water infrastructure in the Mid-West. A further $94.6 million has been allocated to water supply projects across the region over the next four years. The Minister today also announced the extension of water-saving support to Mount Magnet residents through Water Corporation's 2020-21 Waterwise Towns Program. Among the available offers is Showerhead Swap - a free program allowing residents to exchange two old, inefficient showerheads for waterwise alternatives. Cue, Sandstone and Meekatharra will be added to the program on completion of each community's EDR plant. To learn more information, visit http//www.watercorporation.com.au/waterwiseoffers Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "This important project represents a $24 million commitment by the McGowan Government towards improving water quality for communities in the Murchison region, and I would like to thank residents for their continued support throughout the planning, design and construction process. "The technology being used has proved incredibly effective in other communities at reducing salinity and nitrate levels. "It's exciting to see the project take shape with completion of the Mount Magnet plant. This will be followed soon by those in Cue, Sandstone and Meekatharra where construction is progressing well." Comments attributed to Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn "Water security is vital, particularly in regional WA. "This project goes a long way to securing better quality water for these remote towns. "It's very encouraging to see the strong use of renewable energy and innovation that has been utilised throughout this project. "It's critical to see local jobs supported by projects from the State Government, and this project has provided that value to the entire region with 60 out of 100 new jobs created being based in the Mid-West." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Draft Derby Groundwater Allocation Plan released for comment11816Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 6010html19/11/2020 8:15:42 AM2020-11-19T07:30:00Z Draft Groundwater Allocation Plan for Derby area released for public comment Draft Plan proposes establishing a Derby Aboriginal Water Reserve for economic development by Aboriginal people Future public drinking water source secured for DerbyWater Minister Dave Kelly today announced the release of the draft Derby Groundwater Allocation Plan for a six-month public comment period. The draft Plan is the first to propose establishing a strategic aboriginal water reserve for local Aboriginal people, following the negotiation of similar arrangements in the successful Yamatji Nation Indigenous Land Use Agreement. The Derby Aboriginal Water Reserve will ensure water is reserved for Derby native title holders to use for economic development. The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation will consult further with traditional owners regarding the sharing and administering of the water reserve. The new Plan aims to protect fresh groundwater resources from seawater intrusion on the Derby peninsula; secure an additional 1.2 gigalitres for future public drinking water supplies for Derby and surrounding communities; protect important environmental and cultural sites and values; and set new allocation limits and licensing rules that provide certainty for water users.The new Plan for Derby will replace the 1992 management plan and provides for the future sustainable use and development of groundwater resources in the Derby area. The public comment period is open until 5pm (WST) on Monday May 31, 2021. The draft plan can be found at https//consult.dwer.wa.gov.au/water-policy/derby-groundwater-allocation-plan/ Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The release of the draft Derby Groundwater Allocation Plan for public comment is yet another example of the McGowan Government's continued strong investment in securing and protecting regional water resources. "The new Plan will incorporate strategies to protect the water quality for local communities and dependent ecosystems, and I look forward to the community providing their feedback. "The McGowan Government is committed to improving economic outcomes for Aboriginal people and this plan has the potential to unlock economic opportunities for these communities in the Derby area." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Aboriginal artists make a splash in Guildford for NAIDOC Week11722Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 8740html13/11/2020 2:00:37 AM2020-11-13T02:00:00Z New public mural inspired by Noongar people's connection to water Community collaboration included 16 workshops over more than 12 months Water Corporation's Splash of Colour program has transformed more than 50 assets across WA into vibrant public artworkWater Minister Dave Kelly has congratulated the artists and all other partners involved on the launch of a new public mural in Guildford inspired by Noongar people's connection to water. In a unique community collaboration, Aboriginal artists have partnered with Water Corporation and Community Arts Network (CAN) to transform a Guildford wastewater pump station into a vibrant and culturally significant public artwork. Noongar artists Rod Garlett and Nathan Corunna worked alongside community artists Darren Hutchens and Lawry Halden to paint the Bridge Street station as part of Water Corporation's Splash of Colour program. They were helped in the design and painting by around 20 members from the Moorditj Maaman Men's Group and Indigo Junction's Strong Fathers program. Inspired by the Noongar people's deep connection to the area, the design features a Waugal, or rainbow serpent, which wraps around the building. According to Noongar dreaming, the Waugal's slithering body formed the Derbarl Yerrigan and Djarlgarro Beeliar - or the Swan and Canning rivers. Silhouettes of Moorditj Maaman (strong men) are also prominent, reflecting the area's significance as a ceremonial site and the importance of strong role models in Noongar society. CAN hosted 16 workshops over more than 12 months to gather community and stakeholder feedback into the design. This included extensive engagement with the City of Swan, local elders and local Aboriginal men's groups. The project was funded by the McGowan Government through Water Corporation's Splash of Colour program, which since 2017 has transformed more than 50 assets into vibrant public artworks. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "On behalf of the McGowan Government, I would like to congratulate all those involved in delivering what is an incredibly special and visually stunning project. "The Noongar people have a deep cultural connection not only to this site, but to the lakes, rivers and wetlands right across WA's south-west. Through this project, we're telling the story of that connection and creating something the whole community can be proud of. "Through Water Corporation, the McGowan Government has now created more than 50 Splash of Colour projects across the State, each delivered with the community and each telling an important water story." Minister's office - 6552 6100
$25.6 million drain upgrade to improve flood mitigation in Busselton11707Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 11520html13/11/2020 1:13:08 AM2020-11-13T01:10:00Z ​Water Corporation's essential upgrade will increase the capacity of the Vasse Diversion Drain to better protect the town during intense rainfall Focus on local jobs, with more than 70 local workers employed Extensive $3 million revegetation plan developed with more than 15 local stakeholder groupsWater Minister Dave Kelly today announced that construction has started on a $25.6 million upgrade to the Vasse Diversion Drain in Busselton, which will improve flood mitigation for the town during significant rainfall events. Water Corporation's upgrade includes widening 5.5 kilometres of the drain and reconstructing dam structures to increase the drain's capacity and improve the structural integrity of the banks, which were originally constructed in the 1920s. Once completed, the drain will be able to safely convey larger volumes of water during heavy rainfall events, protecting residential properties and the surrounding environment from the risk of flooding. Vasse Joint Venture, an arrangement between Westforce Construction and JWI Contractors, will undertake the work on behalf of the Water Corporation, which is expected to create more than 70 local jobs during the project and employ two Aboriginal subcontracting firms in the South-West. Several specialists, including world-renowned restoration ecologist Professor Kingsley Dixon and local environmental groups have assisted Water Corporation and the Department of Water and Environmental Protection to prepare for the upgrade, helping to develop an extensive $3 million revegetation plan. As part of this plan, more than 130,000 seedlings will be planted across 10 hectares of the surrounding area to improve diversity in the local ecosystem. Approximately 35 fauna shelters and 15 rope bridges for western ringtail possums have also been installed and will soon be accompanied by educational signage. Earlier this month, not-for-profit organisation OzFish assisted Water Corporation contractor Indo-Pacific Environmental with the relocation of more than 35,000 protected Carter's freshwater mussels found in the drain. Completion of the upgrade is expected by July 2021. Further information is available via https//yoursay.watercorporation.com.au/VasseDrainUpgrade Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Climate change is having a real impact in WA. While the South-West is typically receiving less rainfall as a result of climate change, unpredictable weather events causing heavy rainfall can increase the risk of flooding in low-lying areas such as Busselton. "This project is not only improving flood mitigation for the town, it's supporting local jobs and boosting the economy in the South-West, which is especially important as WA continues to recover from the impacts of COVID-19. "It's great to also see so many local people, passionate about the environment, contributing their time and expertise to this project. Comments attributed to South West Region MLC Sally Talbot "When the drain was constructed in the 1920s, its purpose was to create additional farmland. Now Busselton relies on this drain for flood protection, so it needs to be re-engineered. "I commend Water Corporation for taking this collaborative approach and look forward to seeing the project and revegetation plan come to life." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Fitzroy River water discussion paper released for comment11408Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 14420html6/11/2020 5:10:43 AM2020-11-06T05:05:00Z Discussion paper summarises management approaches being considered in the Fitzroy River catchment Forms the basis for the next round of face-to-face discussions with the community Feedback open until May 31, 2021 The State Government is seeking feedback on the future of the Fitzroy River catchment in the Kimberley with today's release of the Fitzroy River water discussion paper. The discussion paper, which is open for comment until May 31, 2021, outlines approaches being considered by the State Government to protect the Fitzroy River and to sustainably manage the water resources in the catchment. The State Government has heard a range of opinions about future development in the catchment and the management of water resources through consultation undertaken in 2018 and 2019. Outlined in the paper are several key topics and management approaches for more focused discussion and feedback that relate to managing water and development in the Fitzroy River catchment. It will form the basis of another series of face-to-face discussions with traditional owner groups and stakeholders in the Fitzroy catchment. Previous face-to-face discussions were delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions. The paper is an important part of the State Government delivering on its commitments to create the Fitzroy River National Park, which will extend the Geikie Gorge National Park along the Fitzroy River to the north and along the Margaret River; develop a management plan for the Fitzroy River to ensure the health of the river and provide a basis for sustainable economic development; and not allow the Fitzroy River or its tributaries to be dammed and deliver a Fitzroy water allocation plan.Given it is important to ensure people have time to consider and share their views on the matter of water allocation and use in the Fitzroy, the paper will be open for public comment into the new year until the end of May 2021. No final decisions have been made in relation to any option or approach proposed in the discussion paper. At the conclusion of this public comment period, the State Government will consider all feedback received and prepare a draft Fitzroy River water allocation plan. The discussion paper and consultation hub can be found at https//consult.dwer.wa.gov.au/water-policy/managing-water-in-the-fitzroy-river-catchment Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "DWER has consulted with pastoralists, traditional owners, environmental groups, and other stakeholders about protecting the cultural and environmental values of the river to underpin the development of the water allocation plan. "Ensuring the Fitzroy River catchment's water resources are managed and developed in a sustainable manner will be an ongoing and adaptive process and involve government, traditional owners and other stakeholders. "The discussion paper reflects the range of views we've heard by talking to people who live, work and interact with the Fitzroy River catchment, and are committed to its future. "Our election commitment to no dams on the river is very clear and the most important policy for protecting the river. Comments attributed to Regional Development and Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The release of this water discussion paper is a real step forward in continuing discussions on the future direction of this unique and important asset in the Kimberley. "Community, industry and others will all have the opportunity to provide their views on the role water plays in supporting and diversifying the economy. "This feedback will also inform the drafting of a Fitzroy River Management Plan, which will identify sustainable economic development pathways and strategies, while protecting the health of the river for future generations." Water Minister's office - 6552 6100 Regional Development and Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200
$1.5 million investment in water efficiency flows into WA public schools11371Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 12590html28/10/2020 2:09:09 AM2020-10-28T02:00:00Z Kalgoorlie schools first to join new WA Recovery Plan-funded water efficiency upgrade program for public schools Focus on using local tradespeople and suppliers while reinvesting in public assets 25-year anniversary of Waterwise Schools Program's curriculum-based learning Public schools across the State are set to benefit from a new $1.5 million investment by the McGowan Government in water saving works, while providing opportunities for local tradespeople and suppliers, under the WA Recovery Plan. Announced today by Water Minister Dave Kelly at North Kalgoorlie Primary School, the Water Corporation's Water Efficient Public Schools Program will undertake upgrades in more than 50 public schools State-wide over the next 12 months. Potential works range from replacing toilets, urinals and drinking fountains, to more significant retrofits of irrigation and air-conditioning systems or even switching to alternative fit-for-purpose water sources. Collectively, Western Australian schools consume approximately 4.5 billion litres of scheme water a year. The program aims to reduce water use by up to 10 per cent per participating school, saving around 60 million litres in the first year and 840 million litres over the lifetime of the upgrades - reducing both water demand and school operating costs. There will also be a focus on using local tradespeople and suppliers to carry out the program to maximise the local economic benefit. In partnership with the Department of Education, schools are being selected based on their water use with projects funded under the program planned to be completed by June 2021. Where possible the Water Corporation will also offer the schools, curriculum-based learning opportunities via its Waterwise Schools Program. This award-winning initiative adopts a long-term approach to water education and behavioural change, particularly complementing STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and mathematics. North Kalgoorlie Primary School has participated in the Waterwise Schools Program for 25 years, which was also recognised by the Minister for Water during his visit. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Every drop of water is precious, particularly as we meet the challenges posed by climate change. "I'm delighted that Kalgoorlie public schools are the first to join the Water Efficient Public Schools Program, funded by the McGowan Government's WA Recovery Plan. This $1.5 million investment will pay multiple dividends by saving precious water, reducing schools' operating costs and creating work for local contractors and suppliers. "Schools are generally high water users but even simple upgrades like dual-flush toilets or water efficient taps make a big difference. "The Water Efficient Public Schools Program is yet another really effective way the McGowan Government, through the Water Corporation, is helping Western Australians conserve our most precious resource." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "This welcome investment in our public schools across the State will deliver significant, long-term cost savings, while also providing an opportunity to help equip students with the knowledge and skills to make good water use decisions in the future. "North Kalgoorlie Primary School was the second school in WA to participate in the Waterwise Schools Program, so I congratulate them on reaching their 25-year milestone. "Today, there are 584 schools involved in the waterwise initiative, involving 2,520 students during last week's National Water Week alone." Water Minister's office - 6552 6100 Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700
Native revegetation to protect groundwater and create new home for endangered Carnaby’s cockatoo11318Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 19990html27/10/2020 1:00:17 AM2020-10-27T01:00:00Z Former pine plantation revegetated as habitat for endangered Carnaby's cockatoo Joint project promotes groundwater recharge, helping secure future water supply Project meets Water Corporation's no-net-clearing commitment Water Minister Dave Kelly and Environment Minister Stephen Dawson have today announced that areas of a former pine plantation in Perth's north will be rehabilitated as habitat for the endangered Carnaby's cockatoo under a partnership between the Water Corporation and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA). In order to protect vital groundwater resources, more than 5,600 native seedlings are being planted across a 28-hectare site in Pinjar that was previously a pine plantation. In addition to promoting and protecting recharge to the Gnangara Groundwater System, which provides about 40 per cent of Perth's drinking water to the metropolitan area, the native vegetation will also provide valuable habitat for native wildlife. This project is contributing toward a wider DBCA program that will utilise opportunities to create and manage habitat for native wildlife, including foraging and roosting habitat for the endangered Carnaby's cockatoo, in the former pine plantation and bushland areas of Gnangara State forest. The partnership also helps meet the Water Corporation's no-net-clearing commitment, which offsets required land clearing with hectare-for-hectare revegetation. This aligns with the McGowan Government's 'liveable environment' priorities by increasing conservation for future generations and creating a cleaner, more sustainable environment. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "This project delivers a number of benefits, not only by creating habitat for native birdlife such as the iconic and endangered Carnaby's cockatoo but also through its use of native vegetation to protect vital groundwater sources. "Protecting and improving sensitive groundwater sources like the Gnangara Groundwater System is critical to securing Perth's future water supply in the face of climate change." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The McGowan Government is committed to the recovery and protection of Carnaby's cockatoo, with extensive work being done to conserve the endangered species. "This project complements a further 20,000 seedlings that were also planted by DBCA this year as part of an ongoing program that has seen 15,000 to 20,000 seedlings planted in Gnangara each year, over the past five years. "DBCA will continue to collaborate with the community and organisations to return native vegetation to the former pine plantation areas of the Gnangara State forest and create habitat for the endangered Carnaby's cockatoo and other native wildlife. "It's great to see DBCA and the Water Corporation working together to improve the species' habitat to aid conservation efforts for Carnaby's cockatoo." Water Minister's office - 6552 6100 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
Water Awards recognise the top water industry performers for 202011296Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 14740html24/10/2020 1:43:50 AM2020-10-24T01:00:00Z Seven winners announced in the Australian Water Association WA Water Awards Awards recognise innovation and excellence in Western Australian water industrySeven award winners were announced at last night's Australian Water Association Western Australian Water Awards, as part of this year's National Water Week celebrations. Water Minister Dave Kelly congratulated all award winners and finalists, and thanked them for their industry leadership and commitment to innovation and excellence. Syrinx Environmental and the Australian Fine China Project took out the Water Corporation and Department of Water and Environmental Regulation Innovating for Sustainable Water and Environmental Outcomes Award with its decentralised model for density infill developments. The Regional Infrastructure Project Innovation Award was won by Busselton Water and GHD for their Busselton Water Filtration Plant, while the Metro award went to SUEZ and the Water Corporation for the Beenyup Advanced Water Recycling Plant Stage 2. The Water Corporation was again a winner in the R&D Excellence Award, this time teaming up with CSIRO for the Naegleria Fowleri in Drinking Water Distribution Systems. Raveena Raju from the University of Western Australia received the Student Water Prize for her investigation into the optimisation and evaluation of smart ponds for sludge management. Busselton Water's Chris Elliott took out Water Professional of the Year and the Water Corporation's Kevin Massez the Young Water Professional of the Year Award. For more information on the WA Water Award winners, visit http//www.awa.asn.au Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "With climate change continuing to have a significant impact on our precious natural water resources, innovative projects and responsive policies are key to a secure water future for Western Australia. "These awards are an important recognition of the innovation and excellence that is happening across the State's water industry. "The outstanding achievements and collaboration shown by the award winners and finalists are critical to helping us respond to the challenges that climate change and population growth pose to our water resources. "I'd like to congratulate all of the winners and wish them the best as they now progress to compete in the National Ozwater Awards." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Jackson Harvey makes a splash in Fremantle during National Water Week11150Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 11630html22/10/2020 2:12:23 AM2020-10-22T02:00:00Z Vibrant new Fremantle street art by Lego Masters winner Jackson Harvey unveiled during National Water Week Ocean-themed artwork adorns two Water Corporation assets in White Gum Valley and North Fremantle 50 public artworks now created State-wide under Splash of Colour program White Gum Valley Primary School students enjoy exclusive session with artist Fremantle mural artist Jackson Harvey today joined Water Minister Dave Kelly at White Gum Valley Primary School to help inspire a future generation of water sustainability ambassadors. To celebrate National Water Week (October 19-25), the students heard how Fremantle's colourful coastal marine life inspired the artist's new street art projects for the Water Corporation. The McGowan Government, through the Water Corporation's Splash of Colour program, commissioned the artworks on a wastewater pump station on Samson Street, White Gum Valley, and three electrical cabinets on Port Beach Road, North Fremantle. The striking designs focus on the blue swimmer crab, which is found locally, and reflect the port city's strong ties to the ocean and coastal waterways. In addition to learning about the importance of protecting the oceans and waterways, the Waterwise Schools Program session also educated the students on the water cycle and sustainability. Since 2017, Splash of Colour has transformed 50 Water Corporation operational assets State-wide into vibrant, colourful public artworks. Track the program on social media #splashofcolourwa. This year's National Water Week theme is Reimagining our Water Future, which invites Australians to reimagine the way water is used and reused to ensure there is enough of it for future generations. To become involved in National Water Week, visit http//www.awa.asn.au/AWA_MBRR/About_AWA/National_Water_Week.aspx Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "What better way to celebrate National Water Week in Fremantle than by having local artist Jackson Harvey create stunning water-themed artworks for the local community to enjoy. "In the face of climate change, it has never been more critical for us all to use water more sustainably. These Splash of Colour projects, the first within the City of Fremantle, will help inspire people to think waterwise for years to come. "It was great seeing the students at White Gum Valley Primary School, even at a young age, so engaged in learning about Western Australia's precious water, where it comes from, and what we can all do to protect it for future generations." Comments attributed to Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk "Here in Freo we love public art and we're passionate about protecting our environment, especially our oceans and our precious water supply. "The kids at White Gum Valley Primary are already active, switched-on, water-wise leaders. "This splash of colour for White Gum Valley and North Freo will brighten our communities and celebrate our connection to the sea." Minister's office - 6552 6100
$1.2 million support package to benefit Western Australians with incontinence11138Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 22050html21/10/2020 1:05:00 AM2020-10-21T01:00:00Z 180,000 litre per annum water allowance for eligible customers with incontinence Severe continence issues typically result in higher water use Some health conditions increase the risk of developing incontinence Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced that households with a recipient of the Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) will be eligible for the Water Corporation's Medical Assist program. CAPS is an Australian Government scheme that helps cover the cost of continence products, such as bedding, clothing and towelling. Water consumption is typically significantly higher due to increased hygiene and laundry needs. According to the Continence Foundation of Australia, some health conditions, including chronic heart failure, Parkinson's disease and stroke, can increase the risk of developing severe incontinence. Under the $1.2 million Water Corporation support measure, around 3,300 Western Australians with severe and permanent incontinence will also now be eligible for a substantial allowance to help offset their higher water use. This program waives up to 180,000 litres of water consumption per year (30,000 litres per bi-monthly bill), saving each recipient annually on average more than $380. The Medical Assist eligibility criteria and application form are available on the Water Corporation's website at https//www.watercorporation.com.au/medicalassist Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Funded by the McGowan Government, the Water Corporation's Medical Assist program currently benefits customers receiving kidney dialysis at home, and the long-term aim has been to expand it to other medical conditions that result in higher water use. "Incontinence has quite significant financial implications that further impact quality of life. This allowance, which equates to more than half the average water consumption of Medical Assist customers, will substantially reduce their water bills. "I commend the Water Corporation for addressing this genuine need that will help alleviate some of the financial worry for the thousands of Western Australians with severe and permanent continence issues." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Incontinence is becoming more prevalent with an ageing population but it can affect people of all ages. "People with severe incontinence typically use significantly more water, as a result of their condition, so the Water Corporation's allowance is a welcome measure to help offset the cost of continence care." Water Minister's office - 6552 6100 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Major investment in Western Australia’s regional water infrastructure11133Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 19830html20/10/2020 2:01:20 AM2020-10-20T02:00:00Z $968 million committed over the next four years to hundreds of water infrastructure projects across regional Western Australia $61.4 million boost over the next four years for regional water projects from the COVID-19 Recovery Plan Water Minister Dave Kelly today welcomed the continued strong investment in regional water, wastewater and drainage services and infrastructure announced in the recent 2020-21 State Budget. In this year's State Budget, the McGowan Government has allocated $968 million over the next four years to spend on new regional water infrastructure projects as well as improvements and upgrades to existing facilities through the Asset Investment Programs run by Government's three water corporations. Regional Western Australia will benefit from a range of water infrastructure projects demonstrating the McGowan Government's commitment to delivering quality water services in regional communities. South-West $208.9 million has been allocated across the South-West region over the next four years. Key projects in 2020-21 will include the following $26 million for the drainage upgrade project in the City of Busselton to increase flood protection; $7 million for the Greenbushes to Kirup pipeline to complete the Bridgetown Region Water Supply Scheme; $4.2 million for upgrades to the Collie and Kemerton Wastewater Treatment Plants; and $400,000 for upgrades at four water treatment/distribution plant sites in Busselton.Goldfields and Agricultural $151.8 million has been allocated across the Goldfields and Agricultural region over the next four years. Key projects in 2020-21 will include the following $18.4m for new water storage tanks at Merredin and Dedari $2.8m to replace ageing pipelines and reduce leaks across the Farmlands area $2.1m to upgrade the York Wastewater Treatment PlantMid-West $94.6 million has been allocated across the Mid-West region over the next four years. Key projects in 2020-21 will include the following $11.2 million for improving water quality in the Murchison region; $2 million for a new water storage tank in Nilgen; and $4.2 million for water supply scheme improvements in Geraldton.North-West $265.3 million has been allocated across the North-West region over the next four years. Key projects in 2020-21 will include the following $6.8 million for a new water storage tank in Karratha; $7.3 million to upgrade Onslow's Cane River borefield and water treatment plant; $6.2 million on improvements to the Yule borefield which supplies water for Port Hedland; and $500,000 to upgrade Derby Wastewater Treatment Plant.Great Southern $145.2 million has been allocated across the Great Southern region over the next four years. Key projects in 2020-21 will include the following $18.6 million to complete the Albany to Denmark pipeline; $4.9 million to expand the Werillup borefield that makes up part of the Lower Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme, supplies drinking water to Albany and surrounding areas; $2.9 million to renew water supply pipelines in the Lake Grace area; and $2.3 million on expansion and improvements to Esperance's town water supply scheme. A total of $61.4 million has been allocated over the next four years on new infrastructure projects as part of the WA Recovery Plan. In 2020-21 the investment in regional WA includes $11.9 million towards the Bunbury Water Resource Recovery Scheme to provide recycled water for use on major infrastructure projects and irrigation of public open spaces - reducing the impact on groundwater sources; $4.2 million to normalise water and wastewater services to remote and town based Aboriginal communities; $500,000 to reinstate irrigation of public open space for the Shire of Broome; and $200,00 to upgrade the Coral Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant to cater for growth.Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The McGowan Government's investment in hundreds of regional projects, to be delivered by Aqwest, Busselton Water and the Water Corporation right across Western Australia, shows our commitment to providing safe and reliable water services no matter where you live. "One of the biggest challenges we face in 2020-21, and forever into the future, is to manage the impacts that climate change is having on our precious water supply and water infrastructure. "Climate change has resulted in a significant reduction in rainfall across the State's south west and we're also seeing more unpredictable weather patterns in the north of WA. "The McGowan Government takes climate change seriously, and combined with a growing State, is committed to investing in water infrastructure that is efficient and resilient. "We also need to keep doing more with wastewater, recycle what has previously been considered a waste product, as well as inspire more efficient and 'wiser' water use through education programs. "By doing these three things in tandem - investing in water infrastructure, recycling wastewater and saving water - we will be much better placed to respond to the impacts of climate change on our water supply." Minister's office - 6552 6100
New awareness campaign to inspire waterwise action at start of National Water Week11128Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 11650html19/10/2020 8:02:38 AM2020-10-19T08:00:00Z ​State Government, through the Water Corporation, launches new climate change and waterwise awareness campaign at start of National Water Week Think Climate Change. Be Waterwise campaign to inspire action among individuals, communities and organisations to use water more wisely Faced with the impacts of climate change and reduced rainfall, Western Australians are being urged to rethink their water use and reminded to practice waterwise habits as part of a new awareness campaign launched today by Water Minister Dave Kelly. Launched on the first day of National Water Week (October 19-25), the Water Corporation's new campaign aims to educate the community on how climate change has reduced rainfall and impacted WA's water supply, how we as a State are responding, and what the community can do to keep up their waterwise practices. WA's climate has changed significantly since the 1970s, with the State's south-west now one of the areas on the planet most affected by climate change due to declining rainfall. On average, we have seen a reduction of over 80 per cent in the amount of rainfall runoff into our dams compared to the 1970s. While the Water Corporation continues to secure Perth's water supplies by adding more climate-independent sources to the mix, individuals, businesses, and governments all have a part to play in conserving our precious water resource. This year's National Water Week theme is Reimagining our Water Future, which invites Australians to reimagine the way they use and reuse water to ensure there is enough for future generations. The educational campaign launched today, encourages Western Australians to make small changes to their daily water use practices and incorporates the tagline Think Climate Change. Be Waterwise. The first part of the campaign will run until the end of December 2020 across print, broadcast and digital media. The first television advert can be seen at https//youtu.be/M_7VQbWO9Fg To find out how you can become involved in National Water Week, visit http//www.awa.asn.au/AWA_MBRR/About_AWA/National_Water_Week.aspx Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Responding to the significant impacts of climate change on our water supply has never been more important. "Perth has just experienced its fourth driest and warmest winter on record and, and with higher than average temperatures and decreasing rainfall in the south-west of the State, we all need to continue being waterwise in the home and workplace to help conserve this precious resource. "While the State Government is responding to the impacts of climate change on the ground, it is the Commonwealth Government that ultimately needs to be part of the global solution by engaging with the international community on the issue, and taking real action to reduce the causes of climate change. "Addressing climate change requires collaboration and action from everyone - by thinking about the impacts of climate change on our water supply, and being waterwise, we can make a real difference." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Water deficiency revoked in the Shire of Jerramungup-Gairdner Area9856Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 12300html13/10/2020 1:19:02 AM2020-10-13T01:00:00Z Water deficiency declaration revoked at Gairdner in the Shire of Jerramungup 11 water deficiency declarations remain in place Water Minister Dave Kelly has today revoked the water deficiency declaration in Gairdner in the Shire of Jerramungup, and announced the State Government will continue the remaining 11 water deficiency declarations in the Great Southern and Esperance areas. Water carting has been temporarily suspended to all declared areas since early August following an improvement in local water availability. Rainfall between June and August provided some relief for farmers, with runoff increasing on-farm dam supplies and off-farm strategic supplies across the 12 water deficiency declared areas. Despite this relief, rainfall across the region continues to track below average and is indicative of the continued dry conditions as a result of climate change. However, the Gairdner area received some significant winter rains, and all farmers registered under the Gairdner water deficiency declaration have indicated most of their on-farm dams are now full and they will have adequate livestock drinking water to see them through next summer. The McGowan Government has also invested $89,544 in establishing three new bores in the Gairdner area as part of the Dry Season Works Program. These bores will provide reliable emergency back-up water sources for farmers if future off-farm water carting is required. Gairdner was the 11th water deficiency to be declared in Western Australia since May 2019, as dry conditions continue in the Great Southern agricultural region due to climate change. Water deficiencies remain in place for the Shires of Ravensthorpe (Mount Short and West River area), Lake Grace (in the Mallee Hill area and Ardler Road area), Kent (Hollands Rock and South Kent), Jerramungup North and Esperance (Grass Patch and Salmon Gums) and Dumbleyung (Kukerin). Water carting arrangements are managed by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) with support from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and the Water Corporation. In 2019-20, DWER spent $3.36 million carting water to water deficiency declared areas. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The Great Southern agricultural region is experiencing the impacts of climate change and unprecedented dry conditions following two years of well-below average annual rainfall. While water carting has been temporarily suspended, we continue to have 11 water deficiency declarations in place. "The situation at all sites is constantly being reviewed, including the storage levels of on-farm dams and strategic off-farm supplies to determine whether to continue the temporary carting suspension. "While the revocation of the water deficiency declaration to Gairdner is welcome news for locals, farmers across the region continue to be impacted by continued dry conditions as a result of climate change." Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Rainfall in August has improved the seasonal outlook for much of the agricultural area. "However, soil water reserves remain low in many areas with many farm businesses still reliant on further spring rainfall events. "While this is a good localised outcome, we recognise a lot more needs to be done to help WA farmers adapt their businesses to the impacts of climate change - and will continue to advocate for more Federal support on this." Water Minister's office - 6552 6100 Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200
New Water Corporation Board Chair appointed8004Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 30610html24/09/2020 3:51:24 AM2020-09-24T03:50:00Z Mr Ross Love appointed as new chair of Water Corporation Board Strong high-level leadership skills will help guide the Water Corporation as it deals with the challenges of climate changeWater Minister Dave Kelly has welcomed Ross Love as the new chair of the Water Corporation's Board. Mr Love has a background in management having spent 25 years in leadership roles with Boston Consulting Group in Australia and New York. Mr Love is also currently Chair of Fremantle Ports and Board member of the Western Australian Regional Development Trust. Mr Love's experience bridges both corporate and government sectors, including airlines and airports, commuter rail, retail and resources. The Water Corporation's Board, in consultation with management, sets its strategic direction and ensures rigorous corporate governance standards are met. Board members are appointed by the Governor of Western Australia, on the nomination of the Water Minister. Mr Love's appointment as chair of the Water Corporation board was effective from September 22, 2020 for a term until December 31, 2022. David Lock, who has been a Board member since 2014 and Acting Chair since January this year, will remain on the Board as Deputy Chair. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "I welcome Ross Love to Water Corporation's Board. "He brings a strong track record of strategy development and execution plus a wealth of corporate expertise and high-level leadership skills to the Water Corporation. "I look forward to working with Ross to help guide Western Australia's most important utility as it deals with the challenges of climate change. "I thank Acting Chair David Lock for serving the Board well since January this year, and I'm pleased that he is going to remain on the Board as Deputy Chair." Minister's office - 6552 6100
More support to the Goldfields to help residents save money on their water bills5177Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 11320html21/09/2020 4:20:14 AM2020-09-21T04:20:00Z Waterwise offers now available to residents in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Wiluna and Laverton Water-efficient evaporative air-conditioning trial in Kalgoorlie-Boulder Reduced rainfall caused by climate change has increased the cost of supplying water to Kalgoorlie-Boulder Last year the State Government provided $46 million to the Water Corporation to subsidise water bills in Kalgoorlie-Boulder Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced that a new trial to optimise water use in evaporative air-conditioners during summer will be offered exclusively to Kalgoorlie-Boulder residents as part of the Water Corporation's 2020-21 Waterwise Towns Program. Around 200 high water-use households will be invited to take part in the trial, which provides free services through local contractors to ensure evaporative systems are using water efficiently. In hot weather, these systems require up to 20 litres of water each hour to keep filtration pads clean, however, many systems use significantly more. Data gathered during the trial will help determine the most effective ways to ensure evaporative air conditioners use water efficiently in local conditions. The Waterwise Towns Program, which last year saved 30 million litres of water in the region, will also enable residents in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Wiluna and Laverton, to replace old, inefficient showerheads free of charge under the Water Corporation's Showerhead Swap program. To further assist the Goldfields community with saving water, the Leak Assist Program (LAP) has now also been extended to include regional WA. The LAP enables eligible customers to claim a rebate of $100 when they engage a licensed, waterwise plumber to repair a leak. Kalgoorlie-Boulder is supplied with water from the Integrated Water Supply Scheme (IWSS) through the historic Golden Pipeline. Reduced rainfall in the south-west of Western Australia caused by climate change has meant that 43 per cent of water supplied through the IWSS now comes from desalinated seawater. Water from the IWSS is transferred 550 kilometres to Kalgoorlie-Boulder, travelling through 20 pump stations, taking five to eight days, and stored in a tank where it is treated and finally delivered to residents, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All residential customers in Kalgoorlie-Boulder pay the same amount for the first 300 kilolitres of water usage each year as do residential customers in Perth (that is $1.827 per kilolitre for 0-150 kilolitres, and $2.434 per kilolitre for 151-300 kilolitres), as per the Water Corporation's Tariff Cap Policy. The majority of residents in Kalgoorlie-Boulder use less than 300 kilolitres of water per annum and for these customers, water is supplied at the same price as Perth. While it costs the Water Corporation $14.38 for every kilolitre of water supplied to Kalgoorlie-Boulder, the majority of residential customers in Kalgoorlie-Boulder receive water for around $10 less per kilolitre than the cost of supply. Higher water users in Kalgoorlie-Boulder pay an increased tariff but even these customers still pay significantly less for water then it costs the Water Corporation to supply it. The McGowan Government provides an operating subsidy to the Water Corporation to keep the price of water below cost in Kalgoorlie-Boulder - last year this subsidy was $46 million. Kalgoorlie-Boulder residents can further reduce their water bill by taking advantage of the waterwise offers. The local waterwise offers are available from October 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021. For more details and to see local offers, visit http//www.watercorporation.com.au/waterwiseoffers Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Every drop of water is precious, particularly as we meet the challenges posed by climate change. "The Waterwise Towns Program is an incredibly effective way the McGowan Government is helping regional Western Australians conserve our most precious resource and save money on their water bills. "As rainfall continues to fall in the South-West, the cost of supplying water to Kalgoorlie-Boulder continues to increase. "The McGowan Government spends around $46 million a year to subsidise the cost of supplying water to Kalgoorlie-Boulder." Minister's office - 6552 6100 Regional participants in the 2020-21 Waterwise Towns Program Town Offers Kalgoorlie-Boulder Showerhead Swap, water-efficient evaporative air-conditioning trial Wiluna Showerhead Swap Laverton Showerhead Swap
Water-saving support extended to more Pilbara and Kimberley communities5176Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 11590html21/09/2020 4:16:54 AM2020-09-21T04:15:00Z Climate change has made rainfall less predictable Broome, Derby and Onslow added to the 2020-21 Waterwise Towns Program alongside Karratha, Roebourne, Wickham and Point Samson Program expanded to several Kimberley town-based Aboriginal communities 30 million litres of water saved in the Pilbara in 2019-20 Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced that seven Pilbara and Kimberley communities, including Broome and Karratha, will have access to special water-saving offers through the Water Corporation's 2020-21 Waterwise Towns Program. In the north of Western Australia, climate change has caused increased variability in weather patterns and rainfall is less predictable which impacts upon water security. The Waterwise Towns Program, which last year saved 30 million litres of water in the Pilbara, will again be available to households in Karratha, Roebourne, Wickham and Point Samson. In 2020-21, water-saving support through the Waterwise Towns Program will be extended to residents in Broome, Derby and Onslow. Households in each participating Pilbara and Kimberley community will have the opportunity to replace old, inefficient showerheads with waterwise alternatives through the Water Corporation's Showerhead Swap program. In addition, communities in Karratha, Wickham, Point Samson, Broome and Derby will receive comparative water-use letters showing how their consumption stacks up against others and offering waterwise tips. For the first time, the program will be expanded to several Kimberley town-based Aboriginal communities, offering free household leak inspections and minor repairs using local contractors. Delivered with the support of the Department of Communities and local housing service providers, the adjunct program will be rolled out in Mirima and Nulleywah (Kununurra), Warayu and Guda Guda (Wyndham), Kurnangki and Mindi Rardi (Fitzroy Crossing), and Mardiwah Loop (Halls Creek). The 2020-21 Waterwise Towns Program will extend water-saving support to 40 regional communities across Western Australia. Local offers are available from October 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021. Since 2013-14, the program has saved an estimated 1.27 billion litres of precious water -equivalent to 564 Olympic-sized swimming pools. To further assist the community with saving water, the Leak Assist Program (LAP) has now also been extended to include regional WA. The LAP enables eligible customers to claim a rebate of $100 when they engage a licensed, waterwise plumber to repair a leak. For more details and to view local offers, visit http//www.watercorporation.com.au/waterwiseoffers Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Most people understand the importance of making waterwise decisions, particularly as we meet the challenges posed by climate change. "The Waterwise Towns Program supports this by equipping regional Western Australians with the tools to make water-saving changes to their everyday lives." Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel "It's fantastic to see support extended to more communities in the State's north to make it easier and cheaper for households to conserve our most precious resource. "I'd like to encourage residents in participating Pilbara towns to take advantage of available offers and embrace a waterwise lifestyle." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer "This water-saving program provides our community with tangible and effective ways to help us meet the challenges posed by climate change. "It's particularly encouraging that local contractors will be used to repair leaks and upgrade inefficient fixtures within town-based Aboriginal communities - helping to save water and addressing avoidable costs." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Exmouth residents to receive water-saving support5175Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 10820html21/09/2020 4:10:16 AM2020-09-21T04:10:00Z Climate change has made rainfall less predictable Exmouth among 40 regional communities in the 2020-21 Waterwise Towns Program Showerhead Swap among available offers Program saved around three million litres of water in the Mid-West in 2019-20 Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced that Exmouth residents will have the opportunity to claim special water-saving offers as one of 40 regional communities participating in the Water Corporation's 2020-21 Waterwise Towns Program. In the north of Western Australia, climate change has caused increased variability in weather patterns and rainfall is less predictable which impacts upon water security. Western Australia's water supplies are precious, which is why the McGowan Government is providing 40 regional communities with access to water-saving offers through the Waterwise Towns Program. The program, which has saved around 1.27 billion litres of water State-wide since 2013-14, provides localised waterwise offers to help regional households reduce water consumption and lower their bills. Offers available to Exmouth residents include Showerhead Swap - a free program that allows households to replace old, inefficient showerheads with water-efficient alternatives. Last year, nearly 900 households across regional WA exchanged 1,274 showerheads, helping to save close to 18 million litres of water. Showerhead Swap will be available from October 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021 or while stocks last. In addition, the Exmouth community will receive comparative water-use letters showing how their consumption stacks up against others and offering further waterwise tips. To further assist the community with saving water, the Leak Assist Program (LAP) has now also been extended to include regional WA. The LAP enables eligible customers to claim a rebate of $100 when they engage a licensed, waterwise plumber to repair a leak. For more details, visit http//www.watercorporation.com.au/waterwiseoffers Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Every drop of water is precious, particularly as we meet the challenges posed by climate change. "The Waterwise Towns Program is an incredibly effective way the McGowan Government is helping regional Western Australians conserve our most precious resource." Comments attributed to Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn "It's fantastic to see the Waterwise Towns Program providing water-saving support to North-West communities, making it easier and cheaper for households to conserve our most precious resource. "I'd like to encourage Exmouth residents to take advantage of this offer and embrace a waterwise lifestyle." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Water-saving support provided to South-West communities5174Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 12950html21/09/2020 4:07:40 AM2020-09-21T04:05:00Z The south-west of Western Australia is one of the planet's regions most impacted by climate change 10 South-West communities included in 2020-21 Waterwise Towns Program Rainwater Rewards and Showerhead Swap among the available offers Program saved 10.5 million litres of water in the region in 2019-20 Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced that water-saving offers, including a rainwater tank rebate and free Showerhead Swap, would be available to 10 South-West communities in the 2020-21 Waterwise Towns Program. The south-west of Western Australia is one of the regions on the planet most impacted by climate change and a reduction in rainfall. That is why the McGowan Government is providing 10 South-West communities with access to water-saving offers through the Waterwise Towns Program. The program, which last year saved 10.5 million litres of water in the region, is delivered by the Water Corporation to make it easier for households in the South-West to reduce water consumption. This year, households in Balingup, Bridgetown, Boyup Brook, Donnybrook, Greenbushes, Hester, Kirup, Manjimup, Mullalyup and Nannup are encouraged to take part. Residents in each town will be eligible for a rebate of up to $1,000 through the Rainwater Rewards program. Rainwater Rewards incentivises the purchase and plumbing in of rainwater tanks. A rainwater tank plumbed into a home can help save up to 20 per cent of average household water use each year. Households in each participating South-West community will also have the opportunity to replace old, inefficient showerheads with water-efficient alternatives through the Water Corporation's Showerhead Swap program. Last year, nearly 900 households across regional WA exchanged 1,274 showerheads, helping save close to 18 million litres of water. Offers through the 2020-21 Waterwise Towns Program are available in participating towns from October 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021. Since 2013-14, the State-wide program has saved an estimated 1.27 billion litres of precious water - equivalent to 564 Olympic-sized swimming pools. To further assist the community with saving water, the Leak Assist Program (LAP) has now also been extended to include regional WA. The LAP enables eligible customers to claim a rebate of $100 when they engage a licensed plumber to repair a leak. For more details and to view local offers, visit http//www.watercorporation.com.au/waterwiseoffers Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Every drop of water is precious, particularly as we meet the challenges posed by climate change. "The Waterwise Towns Program is an incredibly effective way the McGowan Government, through the Water Corporation, is helping regional Western Australians conserve our most precious resource." Comments attributed to South West Region MLC Sally Talbot "It's fantastic to see the Waterwise Towns Program continued across the South-West region making it easier and cheaper for households to conserve our most precious resource. "I'd like to encourage residents in participating South-West towns to take advantage of available offers and embrace a waterwise lifestyle." Minister's office - 6552 6100 Regional participants in the 2020-21 Waterwise Towns Program Town Offers Balingup Showerhead Swap, Rainwater Rewards Bridgetown Showerhead Swap, Rainwater Rewards, comparative water-use letters Boyup Brook Showerhead Swap, Rainwater Rewards Donnybrook Showerhead Swap, Rainwater Rewards Greenbushes Showerhead Swap, Rainwater Rewards Hester Showerhead Swap, Rainwater Rewards Kirup Showerhead Swap, Rainwater Rewards Manjimup Showerhead Swap, Rainwater Rewards, comparative water-use letters Mullalyup Showerhead Swap, Rainwater Rewards Nannup Showerhead Swap, Rainwater Rewards
Water-saving support extended to 19 communities between Walpole to Esperance5173Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 12720html21/09/2020 4:00:33 AM2020-09-21T04:00:00Z Great Southern region experiencing unprecedented dry conditions due to climate change Waterwise offers extended to 19 communities across Great Southern region Albany and Esperance included in 2020-21 Waterwise Towns Program 36 million litres of water saved in the region in 2019-20 Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced that the Waterwise Towns Program would be extended to provide water-saving support to a further 17 local communities, including Albany, Katanning, Narrogin, Ravensthorpe and Esperance. Due to the impacts of climate change, the Great Southern agricultural region is experiencing unprecedented dry conditions following two years of well below average annual rainfall. While many parts of the Great Southern have recently experienced a good rainfall event, the Water Corporation still needs to continue to cart drinking water to a total of 11 towns across this part of the State. Western Australia's water supplies are precious, which is why this year the McGowan Government is significantly increasing the number of communities in the Great Southern region having access to water-saving offers from two in 2019-20 to 19 as part of the Water Corporation's 2020-21 Waterwise Towns Program. The program, which last year saved 36 million litres of water in the Great Southern, will again be available in Denmark and Walpole through the popular Rainwater Rewards rebate. The Rainwater Rewards rebate incentivises the purchase and plumbing in of rainwater tanks. Offers and programs under the Waterwise Towns Program are designed to make it easier for regional households to reduce water consumption. Depending on location, offers can include Rainwater Rewards, plumbing checks, comparative water-use letters and the Water Corporation's free Showerhead Swap program. Showerhead Swap allows residents in participating communities to replace old, inefficient showerheads with waterwise alternatives. Last year, nearly 900 households across regional WA exchanged 1,274 showerheads, helping to save close to 18 million litres of water. To further assist the community with saving water, the Leak Assist Program (LAP) has now also been extended to include regional WA. The LAP enables eligible customers to claim a rebate of $100 when they engage a licensed plumber to repair a leak. Localised offers under the 2020-21 Waterwise Towns Program are available to participating communities across regional WA from October 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021. Since 2013-14, the State-wide program has saved an estimated 1.27 billion litres of precious water - equivalent to 564 Olympic-sized swimming pools. For more details and to view local offers, visit http//www.watercorporation.com.au/waterwiseoffers Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "In areas of southern WA, the impacts of climate change are being experienced more than just about any region in Australia. As a result, it is vital we support and encourage waterwise lifestyle habits. "The Waterwise Towns Program is an incredibly effective way the McGowan Government, through the Water Corporation, is helping regional Western Australians conserve our most precious resource. "Every drop of water is precious, particularly as we meet the challenges posed by climate change." Comments attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson "It's fantastic to see the Waterwise Towns Program extended across the Great Southern region making it easier and cheaper for households to conserve our most precious resource. "I'd like to encourage residents in participating Great Southern towns to take advantage of available offers and embrace a waterwise lifestyle." Minister's office - 6552 6100 Regional participants in the 2020-21 Waterwise Towns Program Location Offers Albany Showerhead Swap, comparative water-use letters Denmark Rainwater Rewards Esperance Showerhead Swap, plumbing check, comparative water-use letters Ravensthorpe Showerhead Swap Hopetoun Showerhead Swap Salmon Gums Showerhead Swap Grass Patch Showerhead Swap Walpole Showerhead Swap, Rainwater Rewards Bremer Bay Showerhead Swap, plumbing check Katanning Showerhead Swap, comparative water-use letters Hyden Showerhead Swap Narrogin Showerhead Swap, comparative water-use letters Wagin Showerhead Swap, comparative water-use letters Borden Showerhead Swap Ongerup Showerhead Swap Jerramungup Showerhead Swap Rocky Gully Plumbing check Varley Plumbing check Munglinup Showerhead Swap
Near record low rainfall to end of winter prompts Perth waterwise reminder1393Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 17500html16/09/2020 4:00:45 AM2020-09-16T04:00:00Z Perth records fourth driest winter on record Year to end of winter rainfall was 27.6 per cent below long-term average Runoff into Perth dams 90 per cent below long-term average Leak Assist pilot program to be continued and extended to regional areas Low rainfall to the end of August is another stark reminder for Perth residents of the ever-increasing need to stay waterwise in the face of climate change - following one of the city's driest and warmest winters on record. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, this winter was Perth's equal warmest and fourth driest on record. Only 490 mm of rain filled metropolitan gauges to the end of winter (August 31) this year, which is 186.5 mm or 27.6 per cent below the long-term average. The combination of drier soils and reduced rainfall has also meant less water is flowing into metropolitan dams. To the end of winter, just 21.8 billion litres of runoff, or streamflow, fed into Perth dams - which is 187.2 billion litres or 90 per cent below the long-term average. To put that in perspective, 21.8 billion litres is only enough to supply Perth households and businesses with water for around 22 summer days. In the face of climate change, Perth no longer relies on rainfall alone to fill its dams. In fact, 43 per cent of water supplied to Perth homes and businesses comes from desalinated seawater. Since 2001, the WA Government, through the Water Corporation, has invested $2.2 billion in climate-resilient water sources such as desalinated seawater and recycled water, which now account for nearly half of all water supplied through the Integrated Water Supply Scheme (IWSS)*. As WA's climate gets hotter and drier, and as its population grows, managing demand is equally as vital as investing in new sources of water. This winter, total water supplied through the IWSS was 47.9 billion litres - 0.7 billion litres less than forecast. To assist the community with saving water, the successful Leak Assist pilot program, which was launched in July this year, will be continued and extended to include regional WA. Since Leak Assist was launched, 1,494 rebates of $100 each have been provided to eligible customers who engaged a licensed, waterwise plumber to repair a leak - with an expected 900 million litres of water to be saved in the first year under the expanded program. Each year across Perth and Peel, 8.6 billion litres, or the equivalent of 3,822 Olympic-sized swimming pools is estimated to be lost through household water leaks. Leak Assist is one of many water-saving initiatives available through the Water Corporation, with more waterwise initiatives set to be launched in the coming weeks as summer approaches. To learn more about the many ways we can all be waterwise in the home and garden, and how Perth's water supply is adapting to meet the challenge of climate change, visit http//www.watercorporation.com.au Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "You may think it's been a wet winter, but in reality Perth has just emerged from one of its driest winters on record - this is not a one-off. Warmer winters with less frequent rainfall are the new normal and serve to remind us that every drop of water is precious. "Climate change continues to be the biggest challenge facing Perth's water supply system and in response, we all have a role to protect it and to adapt the way we use water. "It is up to all of us to heed the waterwise message and ensure we continue to meet the challenge posed by climate change into the future." Minister's office - 6552 6100 *The Integrated Water Supply Scheme (IWSS) is the largest scheme managed by the Water Corporation. It delivers 298 billion litres of water each year to more than two million people in Perth, the Goldfields and Agricultural region and some parts of the South-West.