As part of future planning, Council has been looking into its water use and how that can be more efficiently used across the municipality.
Our review has found that our water use is comparable to other councils our size. However, a drying climate and population growth will likely trigger the need for more water in the future. The increased demand for water could be met by ensuring water is used more efficiently in aquatic centres, open space irrigation and council buildings, and by accessing new sources of water, such as stormwater.
Council sought community ideas for more sustainable water usage by Monday 30 December 2019.
Recommendations of the Water Saving Feasibility Study:
- Set new water target linked to population, rather than a traditional from a water reduction target;
- Achieve our ‘Garden City Character’ outcomes through partnerships and leveraging external funding;
- Implement water savings initiatives for aquatic centres and sports fields where we use the most water;
- Reduce reliance on drinking water for irrigation by implementing passive irrigation through Water Sensitive Urban Design and expanding on current stormwater harvesting initiatives.
Water Saving Feasibility - Snapshot (pdf, 271KB)
Water Saving Feasibility Study - Community Report (pdf, 1MB)
For more information, call April Williams, Senior Sustainability Officer, on 9518 3774 or email April.Williams@monash.vic.gov.au