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Leading by Example

Council’s water use

Why is this important?

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Our Council operations contribute 0.7% of the City’s total water consumption. Predominantly this is for irrigation in our parks and green space.

By capturing and using sustainable sources of water for parks and green spaces, and keeping them well watered and lush, we can counteract some of the heat that’s generated by our built environment.

Council used 150ML (megalitres) in 2014/15, our base year. 200ML of stormwater is reused by Council per annum.

Our goal aims to minimise the impact of climatic conditions such as drought and heat waves on our operations.

No net increase in potable water consumption by 2038 (based on 2015 levels)

What we’re already doing

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  • Completed irrigation upgrades at high-water-using parks
  • Implemented stormwater harvesting, treatment and reuse at several of our parks
  • Installed rainwater collection tanks at a number of sites including Council’s Operations Centre, our nursery and childcare centres
  • Installed water efficient fixtures and fittings to Council buildings in order to reduce potable water use

Our actions (1-4 years)

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  • Continue to install rainwater and stormwater tanks on Council buildings
  • Increase supply of recycled water for irrigation and other uses where appropriate
  • Continue with water efficiency upgrades at Council buildings and facilities
  • Continue to improve the water efficiency of our parks through improvements to soil structure, irrigation systems, and management practices upgrades at Council buildings and facilities
  • Continue to improve the water efficiency of our parks through improvements to soil structure, irrigation systems, and management practices

For more information

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Contact the Customer Service Centre on 9806 5050 or council@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au