Water Corporation chairman Ms Eva Skira, Minister for Water Terry Redman and Water Corporation chief executive officer Sue Murphy with Platinum and Gold WEMP winners.

22 May 2013 — As part of its community focus on water conservation, the Western Australian Government requires all WA business customers using more than 20,000 kilolitres of scheme water per reading year to take part in the Water Efficiency Management Plan program.

The program involves developing a water efficiency management plan detailing water saving targets, actions/initiatives and providing annual progress reports on water saving targets, actions and initiatives.

Since the program began in 2007, 389 customers have joined the program and it has resulted in total water savings of 18.5 billion litres over four years, with annual water saving of 7.9 billion litres in 2011/12.

Participation in the Water Efficiency Management Plan program aims to improve the water management processes of the Water Corporation’s major commercial and industrial customers. In addition to business customers, all government agencies state-wide must take part in the program.

Water Minister Terry Redman last week recognised those businesses for their efforts to save more than 7.9 billion litres of water in 2011-12, enough to fill more than 3500 Olympic swimming pools.

“These businesses not only saved huge amounts of water, they have demonstrated their commitment to the environment and the sustainable use of water,” he said.

“The 344 businesses involved account for about 37 per cent of non-residential scheme water use – or approximately 34.5 billion litres per year – in Western Australia.

“This has also saved these businesses around $16 million in water and wastewater charges, proving that being water efficient saves water and money.”

Mr Redman presented Platinum Awards (more than 50 per cent improvement in water efficiency) to 14 businesses, Gold Awards (35-50 per cent improvement) to 35 businesses, Silver Awards (25-35 per cent improvement) to 37 businesses and Bronze Awards (10-25 per cent improvement) to 71 businesses.

Platinum winners were:

  • BP Refinery Kwinana Pty Ltd
  • Capral Ltd
  • Durack Institute of Technology
  • IPM Operation & Maintenance Kwinana Pty Ltd
  • King Bay Supply Facility
  • Mt Romance Australia Pty Ltd
  • NazarethCare Geraldton
  • Pilbara Institute
  • Shire of Carnamah
  • Shire of Cue
  • Shire of East Pilbara
  • SwanCare Group (Inc)
  • Water Corporation Beenyup Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Water Corporation Subiaco Wastewater Treatment Plant

A list of all award winners is here.