City of Subiaco - Water conservation and quality
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Water conservation and quality

The city has undertaken a number of projects to conserve water and ensure water quality, and has received awards in recognition of its efforts.

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Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Cities Award

In July 2012, the city received the Water Conservation Category Award, as part of the WA Sustainable Cities Award hosted by the Keep Australia Beautiful Council.

The award recognises the many water conservation and quality improvement projects the city had implemented over the past year. Initiatives include a drying climate policy, hydrozoning policy, and park redevelopment to minimise external water requirements. The city is also a key project partner in the National Cities as Water Supply Catchments Program, which researches innovative ways to create water sensitive cities.

In 2011, the City of Subiaco received the Keep Australia Beautiful Award for Western Australia’s most sustainable city. The city won the Environmental Innovation, Waste Management and Litter Prevention, and Water Conservation categories, and went on to win the National Water Conservation Award.

AWA Water Awards

The city was recognised for its water conservation efforts by receiving the Australian Water Association (AWA) WA Water Awards Waterwise Council category in 2010. The city estimates water conservation initiatives saved 257 015 kilolitres of water per annum through many projects such as retrofitting facilities with water efficient appliances, customising irrigation schedules and replacing areas of lawn with native vegetation.

The city also received the AWA WA Water Awards Local Government – Best Water Conservation Plan category in 2008.

Waterwise Council status achieved

The City of Subiaco was endorsed as a Waterwise Council by the Department of Water and the Water Corporation in August 2010.

To achieve the Waterwise Council status, the city finalised a Groundwater Operating Strategy with the Department of Water, which outlines annual groundwater abstraction targets, and strategies to reduce irrigation of parks and reserves. The city also has flow meters on all bores and a calibration program to ensure water use is accurately recorded.

ICLEI Water campaign

The city joined the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) Water Campaign in 2007, and was awarded Milestone 5 – Corporate and Community, in 2012.
Many actions contributed to this significant achievement, including installation of waterless urinals in select council buildings and facilities, changing shower heads and toilets to water efficient appliances and installing flow restrictors or aerators in taps.
The ICLEI Water Campaign is a voluntary freshwater management program that aims to build the capacity of local government to reduce water consumption and improve local water quality through a performance based milestone framework.

Community education resources

The city can provide brochures and posters that provide tips on topics including fertiliser application, waterwise landscaping, irrigation, stormwater harvesting, and rebates.

Water conservation brochures

  • Top ten tips for saving water in the garden 
  • Planting a local native garden 
  • FertiliseWISE: protect and maintain our local water supplies 
  • Extracting groundwater 

Water conservation posters

  • Saving water in the garden 
  • Top 10 tips for saving water in the kitchen 
  • Grow local native plants and save water 
  • Waterwise rebate program 
  • FertiliseWISE: protect and maintain local water supplies 
  • Planning a new home or renovating 
  • Preventing pollution outside the home