Water Conservation

Waterwise Council

The City has achieved Waterwise Council status through the Department of Water and the Water Corporation’s Waterwise Council program. The City has set strict targets to achieve this and has proven its ability to reduce water use whilst also implementing measures to improve the water quality in local wetlands.

National Water Week Amateur Photo Competition

National Water Week takes place from 15-21 October. This year’s theme is 'Water - the Heart of our Culture'.
Celebrate our connection to this precious resource by entering our amateur photo competition! 

Prizes include a GoPro Hero4 Action Camera (winning entry) and Camera House gift vouchers $250 (second prize) and $150 (third prize).

How to enter:

  • Take a photo that involves any kind of natural or manmade water source within the City of Cockburn (from 'Waves to Wetlands')

  • Write a brief description that relates to this year's theme (25 words or less).

  • Email your photo and brief description to photocompetition@cockburn.wa.gov.au including your name, title of photograph, daytime contact number, and where the photo was taken.

  • Entries close at 12pm on Friday, 6 October 2017.

  • Winners to be notified by Friday, 13 October and announced during National Water Week, 15-21 October 2017.

  • Terms and conditions apply.

Terms and Conditions
  1. All photographs must include a natural or man-made water source within the City of Cockburn.

  2. All photographs and a description of how the photo relates to the theme 'Water - the Heart of our Culture' (25 words or less) must be submitted by email to photo competition@cockburn.wa.gov.au and must include the entrant’s name, the title of the photograph, daytime phone number, and location where the photograph was taken.

  3. All photographs submitted must be in JPG format and no greater than 10MB

  4. All photographs submitted become property of the City of Cockburn to use for future promotional purposes

  5. The winner must give permission for their name and their photo description to be published alongside their winning photograph wherever and whenever it is published by the City of Cockburn.

  6. Photographers can submit up to two (2) photographs.

  7. Competition closes Friday 6 October 2017 at 12pm.

  8. To be eligible, entrants must be a resident of the City of Cockburn. The top three finalists will be asked for proof of residency before a winner is notified.

  9. City of Cockburn staff and their immediate relatives are ineligible to take part in this competition.

  10.  The winner will be notified by email and phone by Friday 13 October and asked to arrange a time to collect their prize from the City of Cockburn administration centre or make other arrangements for collection.

  11.  The winning photograph will be announced on the City of Cockburn website and on the City of Cockburn Facebook page after the winner has been notified.

  12.  In the event that we are unable to contact the winner after two days from the time of selecting first place, another entry will be selected from the finalists and winner notified.

  13.  Names of the photographers will be removed from all qualifying submissions before being presented to the panel for judging. The judging panel will consist of three judges, at least one of which is a non-employee of the City of Cockburn. Judges are not eligible to enter the competition.

  14.  The judge’s decision is final, no negotiation or correspondence will be entered into regarding this or any related matter.

  15.  There is one prize (GoPro Hero4 Action Camera) to give away to the first place photographer.

  16.  Any questions regarding this competition can be made by contacting Environmental Services on 08 9411 3444.


Water Efficiency Action Plan

Council recently endorsed the City’s Water Efficiency Action Plan (WEAP) as part of the Waterwise Council Program.
The objectives of the WEAP are to:

  • Assess current water use across council operations and the community.

  • Identify inefficiencies and potential water savings.

  • Set goals and benchmarks to improve water use.

  • Implement water efficiency actions to progress towards our targets

  • Provide a process for annual reporting on implementation of water efficiency actions. 

Whilst the primary focus of this Action Plan is water conservation, to facilitate a more streamlined process for management of local water related actions, sections four and five have been expanded to incorporate water quality goals, benchmarks and actions.

Water efficiency targets

The City of Cockburn has reviewed previously adopted goals for water efficiency and proposes the following updated goals in recognition that a number of the original goals have been achieved under its Water Efficiency Action Plan:
  • To improve efficiency in corporate groundwater use by reducing consumption to 6,750 kL per hectare by 2020

  • To investigate and implement opportunities for alternative sources of non-potable water and limit any increase from 2016 licensed allocations of 2.8 GL/year to less than 15%

  • To reduce corporate scheme water consumption by 5 percent below 2014-15 levels per head of population served (0.7 kL/person) by 2020

  • To maintain per capita residential water use below 100 kL/person/year

  • To influence other community sectors to reduce their water consumption by 5% below by 2020.

Strategic alignment

Some of the City’s key strategic documents related to the WEAP include:

  • City of Cockburn Sustainability Strategy 2013 -2017

  • City of Cockburn Local Planning Strategy

  • City of Cockburn Public Open Space Development Guidelines.

This plan will be valid for a period of five years and will form the basis of annual reporting requirements.

Conserving water through irrigation 

The City of Cockburn has a licence extract groundwater for the irrigation of Public Open Spaces, Sporting Ovals and Streetscapes from the Department of Water. The licence sets the amount of water that can be taken from the ground at specific locations and outlines other management conditions.

The Parks Team have developed and implemented a water conservation strategy, to ensure the City complies with the licence. Actions include:
  • Bore metering

  • Replacing inefficient irrigation systems

  • Hydrozoning

  • Grouping plants of similar water requirements to conserve water

  • Designing irrigation systems for these plant species.

  • Soil monitoring equipment (indicates the water levels in the soil profile)

  • Undertaking turf renovation programs 

  • Applying watering programs to meet the amount of water that can be taken from the ground

  • Planting of appropriate trees and shrubs that require minimal water.

  • All Local Governments are not permitted to irrigate between 9am and 6pm, however the following exemptions apply:

    • Installing, testing and repairing reticulation systems

    • Applying wetting agents and fertilisers

    • Fire fighting requirements

    • Establishment of new turf, gardens or grass covered sporting grounds & turf renovation programs.

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