Sydney Water saving strata residents $2 million

Sydney Water’s WaterFix Strata Program is bringing significant savings to strata residents in apartment buildings, with over $2 million saved since it began.

Sydney Water’s WaterFix Strata Program is bringing significant savings to strata residents in apartment buildings, with over $2 million saved since it began.

In the last 12 months, apartment blocks in the program have saved almost $250,000 and 85 megalitres of water.

Overall, Sydney Water’s WaterFix Strata program has saved more than 300 Olympic-sized swimming pools. This is equivalent to 753 megalitres of water since it began.

There are no upfront or out-of-pocket costs to eligible strata apartments, a key benefit for residents during a cost-of-living crisis. Eligible strata apartment buildings can repay the costs with savings from participating in the WaterFix Strata Program.

So far, 92 apartment buildings, totalling 5434 individual apartments, have signed up for the WaterFix Strata program. It aims to help small and large apartment blocks achieve large-scale and cost-effective water usage savings for their residents.

The majority of water savings have been in Sydney CBD, as this area has the highest amount of apartment buildings participating in the WaterFix Strata program. Other buildings participating in the program are located in Haymarket, Bondi, Burwood, Auburn, Chippendale, Surry Hills, Rockdale, Fairfield, Pyrmont, Lakemba, Liberty Grove, Darlinghurst, Wiley Park, Rosebery, Merrylands, and Liverpool.

What is this program that helps strata residents?

Over the past seven years, the WaterFix Strata program has saved residents $2 million and 753 megalitres of water.

The average apartment block has saved $21,000 and 8 mega litres of water per year – equivalent to the average individual apartment saving $408 and 153,000 litres of water per year.

If strata buildings are interested in signing up for the WaterFix Strata program, they can contact Sydney Water. Call 1800 354 107 8 am–5:30 pm Monday to Friday, email waterfixstrata@sydneywater.com.au or visit the website: https://www.sydneywater.com.au/your-home/helping-you-save-water/waterfix-strata.html

Where has this been applied?

The WaterFix Strata program will help the residents of a building in Bankstown in Sydney’s Western Suburbs save an expected three megalitres of water per year.

Sydney Water’s assessment of the apartment building compared its past water usage data with benchmarks developed by Sydney Water. It showed the average long-term water usage to be 363 litres per bedroom per day. This is significantly higher than the recommended benchmark of 254 litres of water per bedroom per day.

Sydney Water will install a smart meter connected to an online monitoring system. This allows the building or strata manager to monitor the use of water weekly and helps them identify any potential leaks.

Sydney Water also inspected the apartment complex and recommended how the property could become water-efficient. The Building Manager and Strata Manager adopted the recommendations to fix leaks around the building and install water-efficient devices throughout the building, such as shower heads, taps and toilets.

Quotes

Simon Mackenzie, Project Officer – WaterFix Program – Sydney Water

“In the last year alone, the WaterFix Strata program has saved almost $250,000 and 85 mega litres of water and $2 million since the program started.”

“This is a great initiative as we’re conscious that many Sydney residents are feeling cost of living pressures, so allowing eligible strata apartment buildings to repay the costs with the savings achieved from participating in the WaterFix Strata Program means there is no upfront costs or out of pocket costs.”

“This is a win for everyone – it means we’re saving water and money with no big outlay for residents.”

“The WaterFix Strata program helps apartment blocks save water and money. We identify high-water using or leaky taps, toilets and showers in the units and then work with the complex to replace leaky or inefficient fixtures and fittings.”

“We also install a smart meter which allows the building or strata manager to monitor the water use on a weekly basis and helps them to identify any potential leaks.”

Yasin Naqi – Chairman of Strata Committee in an apartment building in Bankstown

“We wanted to sign up for the WaterFix Strata Program to reduce our water use and reduce bills.”

“The great thing about this program is that with the option we took, we don’t have any upfront costs. The cost is initially taken out of whatever savings we have. So, this was easy to sell to the residents in our building.”

“WaterFix came out with their plumbers. It was an easy process. They went and fixed whatever they’d identified needed doing in both the apartments and common areas like toilets, shower taps and basins.”

“One of the things we’re expecting from WaterFix is a saving of about $8000 and 3 million litres of water per year which will save each apartment around $210 each year. This would be a great outcome.”

“At the moment, we’re using around 363 litres of water per bedroom per day. After the WaterFix repairs, we’ll be using around the 254-litre mark. This reduction in water use is going to lead to savings for our residents.”

“With climate change and everything, water is going to become a scarcer resource. Nobody likes to waste water. In our building, we don’t want to do it.”

Sydney Water is going to install a smart meter. There will be a dashboard which will allow us to look at our water usage weekly and notice any potential leaks in the building – which we can then get to in a very quick fashion.”

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