Water-saving support provided to South-West communities

  • The south-west of Western Australia is one of the planet’s regions most impacted by climate change
  • 10 South-West communities included in 2020-21 Waterwise Towns Program
  • Rainwater Rewards and Showerhead Swap among the available offers
  • Program saved 10.5 million litres of water in the region in 2019-20 
  • Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced that water-saving offers, including a rainwater tank rebate and free Showerhead Swap, would be available to 10 South-West communities in the 2020-21 Waterwise Towns Program.

    The south-west of Western Australia is one of the regions on the planet most impacted by climate change and a reduction in rainfall.

    That is why the McGowan Government is providing 10 South-West communities with access to water-saving offers through the Waterwise Towns Program.

    The program, which last year saved 10.5 million litres of water in the region, is delivered by the Water Corporation to make it easier for households in the South-West to reduce water consumption.

    This year, households in Balingup, Bridgetown, Boyup Brook, Donnybrook, Greenbushes, Hester, Kirup, Manjimup, Mullalyup and Nannup are encouraged to take part.

    Residents in each town will be eligible for a rebate of up to $1,000 through the Rainwater Rewards program. Rainwater Rewards incentivises the purchase and plumbing in of rainwater tanks. A rainwater tank plumbed into a home can help save up to 20 per cent of average household water use each year.

    Households in each participating South-West community will also have the opportunity to replace old, inefficient showerheads with water-efficient alternatives through the Water Corporation’s Showerhead Swap program.

    Last year, nearly 900 households across regional WA exchanged 1,274 showerheads, helping save close to 18 million litres of water.

    Offers through the 2020-21 Waterwise Towns Program are available in participating towns from October 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021.

    Since 2013-14, the State-wide program has saved an estimated 1.27 billion litres of precious water – equivalent to 564 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

    To further assist the community with saving water, the Leak Assist Program (LAP) has now also been extended to include regional WA. The LAP enables eligible customers to claim a rebate of $100 when they engage a licensed plumber to repair a leak.

    For more details and to view local offers, visit https://www.watercorporation.com.au/waterwiseoffers

    As stated by Water Minister Dave Kelly:

    “Every drop of water is precious, particularly as we meet the challenges posed by climate change.

    “The Waterwise Towns Program is an incredibly effective way the McGowan Government, through the Water Corporation, is helping regional Western Australians conserve our most precious resource.” 

    As stated by South West Region MLC Sally Talbot:

    “It’s fantastic to see the Waterwise Towns Program continued across the South-West region making it easier and cheaper for households to conserve our most precious resource. 

    “I’d like to encourage residents in participating South-West towns to take advantage of available offers and embrace a waterwise lifestyle.”


    Regional participants in the 2020-21 Waterwise Towns Program

    Balingup Showerhead Swap, Rainwater Rewards
    Bridgetown Showerhead Swap, Rainwater Rewards, comparative water-use letters
    Boyup Brook Showerhead Swap, Rainwater Rewards
    Donnybrook Showerhead Swap, Rainwater Rewards
    GreenbushesShowerhead Swap, Rainwater Rewards
    Hester Showerhead Swap, Rainwater Rewards
    KirupShowerhead Swap, Rainwater Rewards
    Manjimup Showerhead Swap, Rainwater Rewards, comparative water-use letters
    MullalyupShowerhead Swap, Rainwater Rewards
    NannupShowerhead Swap, Rainwater Rewards

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