Saving Water

1.Overview

Water is a precious resource and it has never been more important to use it wisely. With declining rainfall in the state's South West, it is essential we all work together to reduce water consumption and conserve it for all to use now and into the future.

Here are some ideas and resources to help you reduce your water use in the garden and around the home, save money and be kind to the environment. You can also find out what the Town is doing as a Waterwise Council to conserve water across its operations.     

2.Inside and Outside the Home

There are many ways to save water around the home and many great resources to show you how. 

Check out the Water Corporation website for lots of water saving tips and ideas, water saving products, water wise gardening, watering days and how to calculate your water use.

Visit the Switch Your Thinking website for their top 10 tips for saving water at home, plus Rewards for Resident discounts on pool covers, rainwater tanks and household audits.

3.Ground Water

With a drying climate there is increasing pressure on Perth's groundwater supply. Groundwater management is essential to ensure a secure supply in the future.  

Responsible use of bore water

Bore water owners are required to adhere to sprinkler restrictions from 1 September to 31 May.

A total winter sprinkler ban also applies between 1 June and 31 August.

For more tips on using a garden bore wisely go to the Bores webpage at the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation website. 

Fertilise Wise

One way to protect ground water quality is to use fertilisers sparingly. Excess fertiliser contributes nutrients to groundwater. This then enters rivers and wetlands where it can fuel algal blooms, significantly impacting water quality and ecosystem health.

For more information on how you can use fertilisers wisely visit the Fertilise Wise website.

Aquifer Recharge

Managed aquifer recharge is one way that declining ground water resources can be preserved. In partnership with the Western Regional Organisation of Councils (WESROC) and the Department of Water, the Town is investigating superficial aquifer recharge in the western suburbs. 

For more information on managed aquifer recharge see the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

4.Water Efficient Products

You can reduce water consumption by choosing water efficient products. The federal government developed the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme to assist consumers when purchasing a water-using product.

Visit the WELS website for more information about the scheme and the water efficiency of a range of products.

5.Waterwise Council

The Town endeavours to conserve water across its operations and achieved Waterwise status in 2010. The Waterwise Council Program, established in 2009, is a partnership between Water Corporation and the Department of Water.

The following measures assisted the Town to become a Waterwise Council.

Eco-zoning

The Town has converted a number of irrigated grass medians to mulched native plantings, resulting in significant ground water savings and improved local biodiversity. Since implementing eco-zoning the Town's ground water use has been consistently under its allocation.

Golf Course Water Management

The Town has implemented a number of water saving and water capture initiatives at the Wembley Golf Course, including waterwise plumbing upgrades and rainwater harvesting. The golf course achieved Waterwise status in 2013 and is rated at the highest level of accreditation.