Perth and Mandurah residents will have the opportunity to exchange their inefficient showerheads for waterwise alternatives under a new metropolitan Showerhead Swap program, announced by Water Minister Dave Kelly today.
Already available in some regional communities, the free Water Corporation program is being extended to metropolitan households, allowing them to replace up to two inefficient fixtures with WELS 4-star rated showerheads. The water efficient showerheads only use 7.5 litres per minute, and come in two stylist designs; handshower and hi rise.
The program could reduce water consumption in an average Perth household by 20,000 litres a year and potentially save around 92 million litres of precious water in total.
Around 10,000 showerheads are available until May 31, 2021 or while stocks last. Exchanges can be made by registering on Water Corporation’s website and taking your confirmation email and old showerheads to a participating Reece Plumbing store in the metro area.
The Showerhead Swap program has proved a hugely successful water efficiency initiative in many regional communities, where it is offered through Water Corporation’s Waterwise Towns program.
Last year, nearly 900 regional households exchanged 1274 inefficient showerheads, saving around 18 million litres of water.
Showers make up almost 22 per cent of total household water use. One of the most effective ways to reduce consumption is by limiting showers to less than four minutes and installing water efficient showerheads with a flowrate under nine litres per minute.
Showerhead Swap is an initiative under the McGowan Government’s Waterwise Perth Action Plan, which sets the direction for transitioning Perth to a waterwise city, and creating cool, liveable, green and sustainable communities.
As stated by Water Minister Dave Kelly:
“Household showers account for a quarter of all residential water use, and one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce consumption is by installing water efficient fixtures.
“Regional Western Australians have really embraced the Showerhead Swap program and now it’s time for households in Perth and Mandurah to get on board also.
“The program could save an average Perth household around 20,000 litres of water a year – that’s a significant saving based on average annual residential water use.
“In the 12 months since the introduction of the Waterwise Perth Action Plan we’ve seen huge progress towards more efficient, sustainable water use.
“Showerhead Swap is another program that enables the community to do their part in helping Perth become a leading Waterwise city and meet the challenges posed by the impacts of climate change.”