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Waterwise Council Program

The City of Canning has been a Waterwise Council since April 2017, and on 1 May 2018, the City was endorsed as a Gold Waterwise Council! This award celebrates the leadership the City is showing in sustainable water management.

The Waterwise Council Program is a collaboration between the Water Corporation and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, to support local governments to improve water efficiency in Council operations and community activities.

Waterwise Council endorsement criteria include:

  • Creation of Water Efficiency Action Plan (WEAP), which outline our actions and targets for the following financial year

  • Appropriate staff members complete free waterwise training

  • A review of council and community water consumption

  • No breaches of ground or scheme water for 12 months

As part of the City’s Water Efficiency Action Plan the City provides several initiatives which can be found on the City of Canning website.

These include:

  • Discounted Home Audits to residential properties, which include water efficiency advice

  • Waterwise gardens and home workshops as part of the Sustainability Workshops Program

  • Subsidised rainwater tanks, pool covers through the Switch Your Thinking Rewards for Residents Program

  • The availability of water efficiency assessment kits from City of Canning libraries

  • Provision of information on water efficiency on the City’s website.

Gold Waterwise status is recognition that the City is driving liveability outcomes across the water cycle and is making a valuable contribution in the creation of a water sensitive city and community.

Gold Waterwise Criteria include:

  • Operating endorsed Waterwise Aquatic Centres

  • Implementing a Waterwise Verge policy

  • Support for other Waterwise programs including Waterwise Schools and Waterwise Developments

  • Creation of a Water Management Team

  • Demonstration of actions or initiatives that meet Water Sensitive City goal areas, including:

  • Ensure quality urban space

  • Improve ecological health

  • Increase community capital

  • Ensure good water sensitive governance

  • Improve productivity and resource efficiency

  • Promote adaptive infrastructure

For more information on Water Sensitive Cities please see the website of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities: https://watersensitivecities.org.au/what-is-a-water-sensitive-city/

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Waterwise Aquatic Centres

The Waterwise Aquatic Centre Program aims to recognise centres for their commitment to saving water in their facilities. Both the Cannington and Riverton Leisureplex facilities are accredited under the Waterwise Aquatic Centres Program.

For further information visit Waterwise Aquatic Centre Program on the Water Corporation website or contact Centre Coordinator, Michael Gosatti at the Riverton Leisureplex on 9231 0900 and Centre Coordinator, Shana McKay at the Cannington Leisureplex on 6350 7300.

Waterwise Development Program

Have you heard of the Water Corporation’s Waterwise Development Program? To help make WA a more water efficient community, the Water Corporation is working with the Urban Development Institute of Australia (WA division) to recognise exceptional water efficiency outcomes in all new water sensitive developments.

As a Waterwise Council, the City of Canning is passionate about creating water sensitive cities and communities, and encourages all developers to consider joining the Waterwise Development Program. Endorsed Waterwise Developments receive many great benefits, not least being the recognition of the important work they are doing to preserve our water resources for future generations.

If you are interested in applying for Waterwise Development recognition, or for more information, please go to the Water Corporation website here. Alternatively, you can email water.efficiency@watercorporation.com.au

Waterwise Schools

Join the growing number of schools in Canning that are water education role models in the community. The Waterwise Schools program provides excellent teaching and learning opportunities for a future of better water management. The program can make teachers jobs easier and students’ learning more enjoyable.

To find out more about the program please visit the Water Corporation website here or contact the Water Corporation at education@watercorporation.com.au or call (08) 9420 3988.

Utility Revolving Fund

The Cities Utility Revolving Fund was established In 2013 to invest in energy and water efficiency.

This has allowed the following water efficiency improvements to be made:

Installation of water efficient showerheads and taps at the Cannington and Riverton Leisureplex’ and Civic and Administration Centre

Installation of solar hot water units in 4 City buildings;


The city has committed to measuring and monitoring it’s water use along with consumption of energy, fuel and waste. To see how the City is tracking it’s consumption soon you can view the Greensense Dashboard at each leisureplex and in the civic and administration building.