What we do
As a requirement of the NSW Government's Metropolitan Water Plan - Meeting the Challenges - Securing Sydney's Water Future, all councils were required to prepare a Water Savings Action Plan for their operations, focusing on high water using facilities.
We prepared our Water Savings Action Plan and submitted it to the NSW Department of Energy, Utilities and Sustainability for approval. The Plan includes a Corporate Action Plan and separate Water Saving Action Plans for the current 11 sites that have the highest water usage:
There is also a section that outlines strategies that can be investigated and/or applied across the whole of our operations and facilities, including both structural and educational strategies.
A Water Conservation Reduction Target of 40% by 2010 was set based on baseline consumption of the 2002-2003 financial year. The water consumption for these 11 facilities is reported in the State of the Environment Reports.
Automated data loggers
We have installed automated data loggers on 6 of our high using sites to monitor for leaks. The data loggers monitor the water passing through the meter 24 hours 7 days a week, uploading the information to a website which we can use to check each site. The website is set up to detect flow through the meter between 2am and 5am, and notify relevant Council officers and site managers that there is a leak. These data loggers are extremely effective in detecting base flow, although once identified the hardest part can be finding the leak.