You might be thinking the gold rush finished long ago, but for Local Government Authority, the City of Ballarat, the dash to secure the treasure is not over. The City of Ballarat are now even richer than before through saving a significant amount of water, which saw them win gold at the 2010 savewater! awards® in the Government category.
The City of Ballarat is the caretaker of 54 sporting grounds and many more public open spaces within the municipality of Ballarat – one such space is the Marty Busch Sports Precinct. Through a comprehensive water saving program, the City of Ballarat eliminated the use of drinking water for irrigation purposes on the Marty Busch Sports Precinct, saving approximately 18.4 megalitres of drinking water in a year! Additionally, the precinct installed a sub-surface drip irrigation system across 11,000m2 of turf. This method of irrigation reduced water consumption by around 60% compared to traditional above-ground methods.
Are your water saving initiatives as good as gold? The national 2011 savewater! awards® call for entries have now opened, giving you the opportunity to showcase your organisation’s water saving efforts. The savewater! awards® are now in their ninth year, and have emerged as Australia’s leading awards for water sustainability, recognising and rewarding excellence in water conservation and efficiency.
Entries for the national 2011 savewater! awards® close at 5pm (AEST) on Monday 8 August 2011. Check out www.savewater.com.au to download an application form and submit an entry now for your chance to win gold! Good luck!