Posted on May 26, 2017
The City of Bayswater has been named one of WA's top water saving councils this week by the Water Corporation.
The Waterwise Council program is run through a joint partnership between the Water Corporation and the Department of Water, and supports councils to improve water efficiency in their operations and liveability in their communities.
Named a 'Gold Waterwise' Council for demonstrating significant progress towards best practice sustainable water management, the City achieved its status for its broader strategy for the Bayswater Brook catchment area.
The strategy has seen an improvement in the quality of stormwater entering the Swan River as a result of the City's adoption of water sensitive urban design projects such as rain gardens, living streams, gross pollutant traps, educational garden workshops and audits of industrial areas.
Examples of these projects are the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary nutrient stripping wetland, the living stream at Weld Square, and the rain garden at Ninth Avenue.
The Waterwise Business Program also named the Bayswater Waves Aquatic Centre a Gold Waterwise Business for its continued water efficiency.
City of Bayswater Mayor Barry McKenna said it was important that everyone in the community was water aware.
"We're very proud to be named a Gold Waterwise Council by the Water Corporation," Mayor Mckenna said.
"The decisions we make today impact our local catchment area which in turn affects the water quality of the Swan River.
"We are proud to be in a position to show leadership in order to protect our ecosystem by acting sustainably. Putting sustainable practices in place now will ensure our natural environment is protected into the future."
Water Minister Dave Kelly said the results showed that Council was committed to the Waterwise cause.
"The significant water saving milestones being achieved by Western Australian councils is encouraging and reinforces that everyone in the community has a responsibility," he said.
The Waterwise Council program is part of a number of Water Corporation non-residential Waterwise initiatives which have saved more than 12 billion litres of water in 2015-16 - the equivalent of more than 5,300 Olympic sized swimming pools.