Wingecarribee Shire Council has been awarded joint winner in the recent Local Government and Shire’s Association Excellence in Environmental Awards.
Council received the award for water conservation for its participation in this year’s Water Loss Program.
Wingecarribee Shire Council was one of 75 regional councils to sign up for the federally funded program which saw Council save an estimated 15 million litres (ML) of water above the initial projected estimates in its first year of implementation.
Savings were achieved via the fitting of water flow meters, leak detection surveys and leak repairs within five catchment areas.
Council estimates up to 90 million litres of water, which equates to approximately $112,000 per annum, will be saved annually as a result of the program.
“We’re thrilled to receive the award as it’s recognition of the hard work Council staff have invested in the program,” said Michael Brearley, Council’s Director of Infrastructure Services.
“However the real winners are our customers and the environment.”
The Water Loss Management Program is an initiative of the Federal Government.