Climate change and increasing populations are increasing pressure on water resources. Water is integral to almost every feature of an urban landscape, and is essential for the wellbeing of people.

Improving the water sensitivity of the City will improve the resiliency, liveability, productivity and sustainability of the City.

The City undertakes a number of programs and projects to move towards best practice water management and safeguard our City's sustainable future.

Resource Use Data Platform

The City has committed to measuring and monitoring its energy, water and fuel consumption. Community dashboards coming soon!

Business as usual

As part of “business as usual” operations of the City of Canning, the following water wise practices are implemented:

  • installation of water fixtures that are WELS rated 3 star or higher

  • leak detection is undertaken as part of regular site inspections

  • bore water consumption is monitored through the use of water meters

  • innovative nutrient management of turf to reduce irrigation requirements and fertiliser use

  • ongoing monitoring and maintenance of irrigation systems

  • new parks are designed with low water use as a primary design principle

  • existing parks are progressively upgraded to encompass low water design principles
  • opportunities to reinfiltrate rainfall runoff to underground groundwater systems are assessed on an ongoing basis
  • community workshops on waterwise gardening and waterwise homes are offered at CREEC as part of the Community Learning Program
  • ​water audits of high consuming sites.

Water Management Strategy

The Water Management Strategy provides a framework for the achievement of better water management outcomes, consistent with the overall vision and objectives of the City. The objectives include:

  • recognise the ecological, social and cultural importance of water

  • respond to the needs of the environment and community in a changing climate

  • educate and inform the community to build understanding and support for change

  • promote innovative and visionary approaches to water management

  • protect and restore water quality, hydrological and ecological function of wetlands, waterways and groundwater systems

  • reduce water use overall and promote ‘fit-for purpose’ use of all available water resources

  • deliver functional and sustainable public open spaces.

The Water Management Strategy is currently being assessed and updated.

To view the Water Management Strategy, click here

Waterwise Council Program

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.

The City of Canning is proud to be a Platinum Waterwise Council. Platinum 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.

To be recognised as a Platinum Waterwise Council, the Council must go beyond water efficiency and build in sensitive water management. A key component of the criteria was to demonstrate actions or initiatives that meet any of the seven Water Sensitive Cities goal areas:

  • ensure good water sensitive governance

  • increase community capital

  • improve productivity and resource efficiency

  • improve ecological health

  • ensure quality urban space

  • achieve equity of essential services

  • promote adaptive infrastructure.

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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 on the Waterwise Aquatic Centre program, click here

Water Sensitive Canning Vision

In May 2018, Council endorsed a “Vision for a Water Sensitive Canning”. This Vision provides direction on improving the water sensitivity of the City.

Work is underway to develop strategies and actions to achieve the “Vision for a Water Sensitive Canning”, and there will be opportunities for the Canning community to be involved in this process.

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.

For further information on the Waterwise Development program, click here

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.

For further information on the Waterwise Schools program, click here


For further information and resources on being sustainable at home or in the community, please visit our Community Capital and Social Impact page. For further information and resources on being a sustainable business, please visit our Local Economy and Sustainable Business page.

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