Water management

Water conservation and reuse are essential in a drying climate and the City participates in a range of initiatives to reduce our water consumption and manage this precious resource responsibly.

Water Sensitive City

The City is working to become a Water Sensitive City, along with 16 other local councils across the Perth region. This is part of the state government’s vision for a Water Sensitive greater Perth and requires us to adapt to changing water availability so we can create liveable, resilient and sustainable communities. Being water sensitive means showing a commitment to sustainable water use and improved water quality; using Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) and helping educate the community about the value of water.

Did you know?

In a drying climate, with increased urban density and ground water use; most of the City is categorised as having ‘extremely high’ water stress.  Learn more about Perth’s unique hydrology and changing water supplies.

How is the City working to manage and conserve water?

Water Sensitive City benchmarking

Our progress towards becoming a Water Sensitive City was recently benchmarked by the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities. This means the City’s performance is rated against 34 goals, including water literacy in the community, adaptive water infrastructure, and sustainable water use. The outcomes will be used to inform the development of an updated Water Action Plan for the City in 2021.

The City is a Water Wise Council

Gold Water Wise Council

The City is an endorsed Gold Waterwise Council, with the Waterwise Councils program and has achieved re-endorsement since 2016. Some of our initiatives include: Implementing a leading Central Irrigation Management System, Waterwise endorsed aquatic centres, water sensitive urban design projects, including rain gardens and drainage upgrades, a waterwise verge policy and rebate, and ongoing community engagement around our water initiatives.

How can you save water?

Living Green Program

The City’s Living Green Program offers a range of support and initiatives to help the community conserve water. These include Waterwise verge rebates, native plant giveaways and greywater systems fee relief. Learn more about the City’s community water initiatives and the Living Green Program here.

Greywater systems fee relief 

To encourage the uptake of water efficient greywater systems across the City, greywater application fees have been waived, saving $236.

Greywater systems are one of the best opportunities to reuse water and save money at home or in the garden. Greywater systems allow you to treat domestic wastewater (from sinks, baths, showers and washing machines) and re-use it on the garden or for flushing toilets and washing clothes. As 42% of Perth’s mains water supply is used on residential lawns and gardens, greywater systems offer an opportunity to maintain a green garden while significantly reducing your water use and cost.

To learn more about greywater, visit gwig.org or download the West Australian Greywater Guide.

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