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Water Efficiency

Greywater systems

Rain water tanks

Septic Tanks and Aerobic Treatment Units (ATUs)

Water Efficiency

Waterwise Council LogoWater is an essential resource for life. In Perth it is becoming increasingly important to use water efficiently and sparingly as the population grows and rainfall declines. We can all contribute to conserving this precious resource by improving the ways we use our scheme and ground water including the reuse and recycling of ‘grey’ wastewater.

The City of Nedlands became a WaterWise Council in 2011, endorsed by the Water Corporation, Department of Water and ICLEI. We aim to lead by example and inspire our residents to adopt water saving actions in their own homes and lives.

10 Top Tips:

  • Take shorter showers
  • Install a WaterWise showerhead
  • Turn off the tap when brushing teeth, shaving, etc
  • Install a duel flush toilet
  • Run the washing machine and dishwasher only with a full load
  • Check for leaks (especially the toilet cistern and garden taps)
  • Improve soil quality (soil wetter and apply mulch)
  • Use native and WaterWise plants
  • Used a watering can or trigger nozzle
  • Install a pool cover

For more tips to save water in your home and garden visit the Water Corporation’s website, and for instructions on how to create a WaterWise garden visit the Water Corporation’s Water Saving Gardening Guides.

Watering Days and Sprinklers

Visit the Water Corporation website for find out your watering days, tips for programming your sprinkler system and the best run times for your type of sprinklers.

Greywater Recycling

A grey water system can help you save water by recycling water from the bath, shower, washing machine, and laundry trough to irrigate your garden. Reuse of greywater in homes is restricted to the use of systems that are approved by the WA Health Department and is typically restricted to sub-surface irrigation. Although with advances in treatment technology some uses of greywater inside the home may be permitted such as flushing the toilet.

Visit the Department of Health website for more information.

Prior to installing a grey water system an Application to Construct and Install an Apparatus for the Treatment of Sewage along with an application fee of $110 should be submitted to the City of Nedlands. The City then assesses the application and upon approval will issue an Approval to Construct and Install an Apparatus for the Treatment of Sewage.

Rainwater Tanks

With the dwindling supplies of potable water available for public consumption residents are encouraged to purchase rainwater tanks for use on their gardens. Rainwater can also be used inside the home with an approved treatment system. Visit the Department of Health website for more information. Prior to installation residents must gain City of Nedlands building approval.

Developing a WaterWise Garden on Your Verge

A Nature Strip Development Application is required for all nature strip development except planting lawn. Please visit the Nature Strip Development section of the City’s website.

Water Corporation Gardening Guide - Creating a WaterWise Verge Garden
Water Corporation Gardening Guide - Creating a WaterWise Native Garden

Waterwise Gardening Competition 2014

The 2014 competition was judged in October with a number of high-quality gardens being nominated. The winners were awarded their prizes at the October council meeting. View the following presentation to see the impressive winning gardens for 2014, and maybe find some inspiration for your own waterwise garden!

Waterwise Gardening Competition Presentation 2014

Waterwise Gardening Competition 2015

The Waterwise Garden Competition is run annually during May through to September. Nominate your favourite Waterwise garden from including categories of residential, business, school or food gardens.
Nomination forms will be available from the administration building, City libraries and website once the competition is open.

WESROC Native Plant Subsidy Scheme

The WESROC Native Plant Subsidy Scheme is run annually during May in which residents of the western suburbs can purchase up to 80 native plants at the subsidised cost of $1.50 each from APACE Nursery in North Fremantle, 8am-3pm weekdays and 9-12pm Saturdays (proof of residency required).

Water Corporation Groundwater Replenishment Trial

The Water Corporation is currently undertaking a Groundwater Replenishment Trial, which is testing the recharge of recycled water. Groundwater replenishment has the potential to recycle large volumes of water, naturally. This method could help Perth become less dependent on rainfall as a source of water and more "climate resilient" by recycling water on a large scale. To find out more information, or to book a tour of the facility, visit www.watercorporation.com.au or call 13 10 39

 

Documents 
Waterwise Garden Brochure
Fertilise Wise
Greywater and Rainwater Brochure
WESROC Plant Brochure
Rainwater Tank Factsheet
Greywater Factsheet
Approved Greywater Systems

Documents

Waterwise Garden Brochure

Fertilise Wise

Greywater and Rainwater Brochure

WESROC Plant Brochure

Rainwater Tank Factsheet

Greywater Factsheet

Approved Greywater Systems