Waterwise makes a splash at National Water Awards

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Western Australia's Waterwise has made a big splash at the Australian Water Awards, with the Waterwise Perth Action Plan winning the Organisational Excellence Award and the Waterwise Schools Program winning the Customer Excellence Award.
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DWER accepting award at the Australian Water Awards

The Australian Water Awards recognise outstanding achievements of organisations, individuals and students. They are an opportunity for the water community to showcase innovation, leadership and the way we are addressing the challenges of driving a sustainable water future.

Led by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and Water Corporation, eight State Government agencies collectively delivered 38 actions through the Waterwise Perth Action Plan.

The Plan represented the first time key Government agencies across the areas of water, environment, development, planning, community, transport, finance, and sport and recreation came together to work towards achieving a shared vision of Perth (Boorloo) as a leading waterwise city by 2030.  

Following the success of the initial Plan, implementation of the Kep Katitjin – Gabi Kaadadjan Waterwise Perth Action Plan 2 is underway. Consecutive plans to date have saved over 12 billion litres of water through improved waterwise practices and actions.

Western Australia chalked up a second win on the night, with the Water Corporation's Waterwise Schools Education Program winning the Customer Experience Award.

In WA, waterwise education begins at school. For more than 25 years, the Waterwise Schools Education Program has helped shape waterwise behaviours and attitude in students of all ages.

In 2022-23, 42,345 students engaged with the program and by 2030 it aims to take the waterwise message to 50,000 WA school students each year.

Western Australia's South West is one of the world's regions most affected by climate change, with just 20 per cent of the 1975 water levels running into our dams each year. At the same time, we are seeing hotter days and more of them, as well as more extreme weather events.

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