Author Archives: Ash Walsh

Winners are grinners

Awards trophiesThis year marked a decade of celebrating excellence in water-efficiency with the winners of the national 2012 savewater! awards® being announced at a gala ceremony during October. From a meat processing facility in country NSW to a young back to back photographic superstar from Victoria – this year’s winners

Let’s be clear about wastewater

Time to take a closer look at the murky world of wastewaterWhen you receive your water account, it is natural to focus on “water use”, meaning the water coming out of the tap. But just looking at how much water you have consumed, doesn’t take into account the cost and difficulty of removing, treating, as well as safely disposing of wastewater. When your water goes down the plughole the hard work begins.

Victorian Nursery has a Dream-time at savewater! awards®

Nursery has a dream time at the savewater! awardsYou may think it is strange, a nursery that is saving water? Saving the one thing they need above all else for their business to survive?! Well, believe it. Dream-time Wholesale Nursery have took out the Small Business category at the recently held national savewater! awards®.

Encore Tissue blows away the competition

Large industrial sized tissue roll in factoryHey friends, continuing our quick look at the winners from last year’s national 2011 savewater! awards® , today we hope to inspire you with a great water saving initiative involving the humble tissue. Tissue paper is not something that we often have a second thought about, never mind how it is manufactured. Did you know the papermaking process requires large quantities of water to produce an evenly formed sheet of paper? Luckily, Encore Tissue (Aust) Pty Ltd has come up with a fantastic filtration system that allows for the water used in the manufacturing process to be recycled, ultimately saving hundreds of mega litres of water per annum.

A Warrnambool Water Saver

Peter Wilson looking over rooftopsWe’re back and to start off the year, we thought it might be a great idea to take a quick look at the winners from last year’s national 2011 savewater! awards®, announced in November. We hope these will inspire you to use water efficiently in 2012 and maybe we will see you on the podium for this year’s national savewater! awards®, to be held in National Water Week in Melbourne, Friday 26 October.

BBQ this weekend? Why not do it ‘green’?

BBQ this weekend? Why not do it green?There is nothing better than a BBQ on a warm summer’s day with a cold refreshment and maybe a sneaky game of back yard cricket to try and tonk the in-laws over the back fence. However, how many of us actually think about the environmental impacts of our favourite pastime? Here are some great tips for the environmentally conscious barbecue host to ensure it’s not only a hit for friends and relatives, but for Mother Nature as well.

How can you make your Christmas gifts green?

savewater logo with green hatWith the big man in a red suit and his entourage of reindeer only 3 days away, myself and most likely the other 22 million people in Australia are rushing around looking for the perfect gift. In the lead up to Christmas with the chaos of the shopping centres, remembering family, friends and work KKs, we often forget that we are able to avoid the materialism of Christmas and purchase sustainable gifts that help the environment and those who are less fortunate. So, if you are like me and would rather give something ‘green’, here are some fantastic ideas for the environmentally conscious gift:

Who’s our 2011 Australian Achiever?

savewater! awardsOver the next week, we will bring you all the latest on the savewater! awards® finalists; the big ins and outs, including all the information you need to pick a winner come next Friday night. We are off and running with for the Australian Achiever Award first up.

Want to save water in your pool this summer?

Want to save water in your pool this summer?With summer knocking on the door and hopefully plenty of warm days ahead of us, there is no better time to start getting the pool ready for summer. If you care about the environmental impact of your pool, you have come to the right place.

How to Keep Our Catchments Healthy

Polluted waterwayDid you know that 85% of assessed river reaches are classified as significantly modified in terms of environmental features and will continue to deteriorate, according to the Australian Catchment, River and Estuary Assessment? In line with this year’s National Water Week Theme healthy catchments, healthy communities, we have put together some handy tips to make sure that you are doing your bit to keep our waterways healthy: