The Waterwise Perth Action Plan has been recognised at the Australian Water Association‘s (AWA) Western Australian Water Awards, taking out the award for Organisational Excellence.
Waterwise was recognised at an awards dinner at The Ritz-Carlton Perth on Friday, 3 November. It honoured the best leadership, innovative research, programs and infrastructure projects.
The AWA said the WA Government‘s Waterwise Perth Action Plan was a successful example of whole-of-Government action to tackle the challenge of a growing city in a changing climate.
Led by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, eight agencies collaborated to deliver the plan. It has made great progress in transitioning Perth into a leading waterwise city by 2030.
The Waterwise Perth Action Plan 2019 and its second iteration, Kep Katitjin-Gabi Kaadadjan, has now saved Perth and Peel 12 gigalitres of water between 2019-2023. That is enough water to fill Optus Stadium 12 times.
The winners in a number of categories will contend for the National Awards in 2024.
AWA Award Winners:
Organisational Excellence Award: Department of Water & Environmental Regulation, Water Corporation and other contributing organisations – Waterwise Perth Action Plan 2019
Infrastructure Project Innovation Award (REGIONAL): Water Corporation, Curtin University, and contributing organisations – Horrocks WTP Continuous Electrochlorination (CEC) Upgrade
Water Professional of the Year: Cristiano Carvalho, Water Corporation
Comments attributed to Water Minister Simone McGurk:
“I would like to congratulate all the winners for their contribution to protecting our precious water resources, which is more important than ever as we face a hotter, drier future due to climate change.
“These awards are a fitting acknowledgement of the innovation of many Western Australians, and I have had the pleasure to see their important work first-hand.
“May I also acknowledge the win of the Waterwise Perth Action Plan. This is another significant milestone for the Plan in raising awareness of the importance of our water resources and delivering waterwise outcomes for our communities.”
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