Often we only think of our water retailer when we receive our water bill, but there are some amazing initiatives that these organisations are implementing to reduce their own and your water use. South East Water is an example of one utility that has gone above and beyond to reduce its community’s water use and was recognised for its achievements by winning the 2010 savewater! awards® Water Utilities category.
As part of South East Water’s ongoing commitment to sustainable water use, the business introduced the ‘Fire Service Program’, which was developed to reduce the amount of water used to test fire sprinkler systems across Melbourne. These systems require regular maintenance and are typically tested weekly with the test water, in many cases, going straight down the drain! It is estimated in Melbourne alone that fire sprinkler system testing uses more than 500 megalitres of drinking water annually. Through simple solutions, however, South East Water saved 22.3 megalitres of drinking water throughout the 2009/2010 reporting period. These changes included adjustment of pressure relieve valves to reduce the amount of water used by the systems, as well as test water being collected and taken off-site to irrigate local parks and sportsgrounds.
For more information on South East Water’s excellent program and to find out about the other finalists from the 2010 Government Water Corporations category, head to the savewater! website. To keep up to date with South East Water’s latest initiatives, visit South East Water’s website or follow them on Twitter.
Do you work for a water utility that has been saving water? The national 2011 savewater! awards® call for entries have now opened, giving you the opportunity to showcase your organisation’s water savings 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. If your organisation wants to be recognised for its water saving achievements, check out www.savewater.com.au – download an application form and submit an entry now! Good luck!