City of Albany achieves gold council status for waterwise efforts

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City of Albany supervisor of developed reserves Wayne Turner, aquatic supervisor Rob Quayle, the Water Corporation’s Michael Sillifant, Water Minister Dave Kelly, chief executive Andrew Sharpe, environmental sustainability officer Mary Holt and acting manager of recreation services Mitchell Green.
Camera IconCity of Albany supervisor of developed reserves Wayne Turner, aquatic supervisor Rob Quayle, the Water Corporation’s Michael Sillifant, Water Minister Dave Kelly, chief executive Andrew Sharpe, environmental sustainability officer Mary Holt and acting manager of recreation services Mitchell Green. Credit: Supplied

The City of Albany is proving every drop counts when it comes to water conservation and has been awarded gold waterwise council status for staff and the community’s efforts.

Water Minister Dave Kelly congratulated council staff on the achievement last week.

To secure gold certification, councils must have a Water Corporation-approved waterwise verge policy, waterwise aquatic centres and an established water management team within the council.

Among the council’s water saving achievements was reducing water use in open public spaces by 20 per cent between 2016 and 2020.

City environmental sustainability officer Mary Holt said the council was working towards a waterwise management plan to create “waterwise communities beyond water efficiency”.

“The impact of reduced rainfall is being felt across the Great Southern region with water conservation and water efficiency a key priority across council operations and the community as we move towards a more waterwise Albany,” she said. “Key Waterwise initiatives have included partnerships with the Water Corporation and the showerhead swap program, reduced water use in our parks through better irrigation practices and waterwise landscaping and, ensuring that all building fixtures and taps are replaced with water-efficient fixtures.”

With a 20 per cent reduction in rainfall in the South West since the 1970s, Mr Kelly said it was great to see councils and aquatic centres finding new ways to save water.

“As climate change continues to have an impact on our water supplies, never has it been more important for local councils and aquatic centres to lead by example and help entrench waterwise actions across the community.”

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