Water is widely recognised as a valuable resource requiring careful management and ongoing protection. We play a vital role in water management directly through our own water use and in managing public assets; and indirectly through influencing community attitudes and actions. It is therefore important that we manage the way we uses and care for water in a manner that is environmentally, socially and financially responsible, and lead by example.
We continue to analyse the way we use water in our buildings, facilities and on land such as ovals. Opportunities for improvements are being identified with the aim of safeguarding water resources into the future, building resilience to climate change and becoming more ‘water-sensitive’.
Recent initiatives to improve the sustainability of water resources include:
- Preparation of a Water Management Plan to identify ways to improve water sustainability.
- Tracking water usage to monitor trends and identify unusual water usage activities so timely action can be taken.
- Installation of meters at bores to record and monitor water usage. This information is provided to the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources as part of fulfilling water license reporting responsibilities and to help protect groundwater resources.
- Working collaboratively with community groups that use Council’s bore water to improve water efficiencies through improved irrigation techniques and turf maintenance practices.
- Planned water audit of our buildings and facilities to identify opportunities to conserve water, such as water efficient devices for taps, showerheads, dishwashers, toilets, and more.
- Considering the replacement of annual plant species with alternative ‘waterwise’ native species to conserve water and enhance biodiversity.
- Treated wastewater from the Birdwood Community Wastewater Management Systems (CWMS) is used to irrigate Birdwood oval, and Kersbrook Oval is irrigated from the Kersbrook CWMS. We continue to explore additional opportunities to reuse treated wastewater as well as rainwater which will help reduce dependence on mains water and bore water supplies.
- Encouraging the use of best practice Water Sensitive Urban Design measures to retain water onsite and filter pollutants.
- Trialling the use of steam weeding at several landscaping sites and streets to avoid the use of chemicals that may harm the environment and water resources.