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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

Baw Baw saving water through rainwater tanks

September 12, 2007

The Shire Council of Baw Baw (Australia) has made substantial water savings at its Council offices and depot due to the installation of rainwater tanks this past May 2007.

Five thousand litre rainwater tank systems were installed at two sites, for use in toilet flushing.  Huge water reductions have been recorded for Council’s offices in particular, with savings so far of 18,288 litres.

Council will install a further tank at its depot, to be used for truck washing and for plant production at the adjoining nursery.  Other Council-owned facilities will also be upgraded with rainwater tanks to ensure a continued reduction in mains water use in the future.

ICLEI has an international freshwater Water Campaign that aims to build the capacity of local governments to reduce water consumption and improve local water quality. Baw Baw is a member of the Water Campaign in Australia, which is delivered in collaboration with the Australian Government, the Government of Western Australia, City West Water, South East Water, Yarra Valley Water and the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board.  For more information on ICLEI’s Water Campaign, please visit www.iclei.org/water.

Baw Baw is one of 101 local governments in Australia that are currently Members of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.  For more information on ICLEI and its activities in the Oceania Region, please visit www.iclei.org/oceania.

Source:  “Baw Baw Shire Council saves water through rainwater tank system”, ICLEI Oceania Newsletter, September 2007.