Shire of Mundaring was awarded Gold Waterwise status and recognised as one of WA's top water saving councils at a Water Corporation's special recognition event held recently.
The Waterwise Council Program is run through a partnership between the Water Corporation and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, and supports councils to improve water use in their operations and communities.
Gold Waterwise status is awarded to councils for demonstrating innovation, significant progress towards best practice sustainable water management, or achievement above and beyond the actions required for endorsement.
Last year, the Shire developed a new Street Tree Policy to formally recognise the role of street trees in maintaining shade, amenity and the overall water balance within catchments. In 2018, the Shire adopted a new Environmental Sustainability Policy, which includes sustainable water use principles as well as the protection of creek lines and catchments.
Innovative Waterwise efficiencies introduced at Bilgoman Aquatic Centre have led to staggering water savings of many thousands of litres of water compared to previous years. A range of initiatives were introduced including improvements to the pool systems, reduced water flow rates in ablutions and the introduction of single flush toilets. Waterwise native plants and mulch were added to gardens at the Aquatic Centre, and in landscaped areas across the Shire to help minimise the need for irrigation.
The Shire has hosted free gardening talks and workshops to encourage residents to learn more about waterwise garden design and how to minimise watering requirements. A new Waterwise Firewise Garden was installed at Sculpture Park to show how gardens in bushfire prone areas can incorporate native plants and support biodiversity while maintaining low fuel zones.
Water Minister Dave Kelly congratulated the Shire and other local governments on their leadership and excellence in sustainable water management. He said the Waterwise Council Program was a great example of different areas of government working together for a common goal - to create more Waterwise, sustainable communities.
"As climate change continues to impact our State, it is more important than ever councils lead by example to help embed Waterwise thinking in our community," Minister Kelly said.