New North-West regional communities announced for Waterwise program

  • Port Hedland, South Hedland, Karratha and Halls Creek households invited to participate in the 2019-20 Waterwise Towns Program
  • In 2018-19, the program saved more than 150 million litres of water
  • Climate change continues to reduce rainfall in the region
  • Water Minister Dave Kelly is encouraging residents in four North-West regional communities to save precious water by taking advantage of the State Government’s Waterwise Towns Program.

    Port Hedland, South Hedland, Karratha and Halls Creek households are able to access water saving offers from the Water Corporation through the program.

    Water saving offers are suited to local conditions with Port Hedland and South Hedland households invited to take advantage of showerhead swaps, comparative water use letters and an irrigation system check.

    Karratha households can participate in the showerhead swap and comparative water use letters programs, while Halls Creek household can benefit from free plumbing retrofits.

    Up to two old showerheads can be replaced at no cost with water-efficient ones by taking the old showerheads and a copy of a recent Water Corporation bill to selected locations in each community.

    Other areas selected in the 2019-20 Waterwise Towns Program include Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Wiluna, Dongara, Port Denison, Peppermint Grove Beach, Yallingup, Cowaramup, Margaret River, Walpole and Denmark.

    Offers through the Waterwise Towns Program are available from October 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020 or until showerhead stocks last.

    The impact of climate change has seen the Pilbara and East Kimberley experience very dry wet seasons for two consecutive years with a noticeable decline in the water levels of Lake Argyle. 

    Last year, local Onslow, Nullagine and Halls Creek households participated in the program helping save two million litres of water – that’s equivalent to almost 48 backyard swimming pools.

    For more details and to see what offers are available in your community, visit

    http://www.watercorporation.com.au/waterwiseoffers

    As stated by Water Minister Dave Kelly:

    “I encourage households in these North-West regional communities to take advantage of this great initiative and help save precious water as climate change continues to be one of the biggest challenges we face.

    “Small changes can make a big difference. The simple act of swapping to a water-efficient showerhead can help save you about 20,000 litres of water a year.

    “Communities participating in last year’s Waterwise Towns Program together helped save an impressive 150 million litres of water or about 67 Olympic size swimming pools.

    “I am confident with everyone’s help we can achieve the same great results this year.”

    As stated by Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel:

    “This is a fantastic opportunity for Port Hedland and Karratha residents to save water and money with these waterwise intiatives.

    “The North West can be a very punishing climate, so it is important that our local communities do everything they can to be waterwise and help save precious water.”

    Minister’s office – 6552 6100

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