Waterwise program benefits Mid West businesses

Five Mid-West businesses participating in the State Government’s Water Efficiency Management Plan (WEMP) program will reap the benefits of saving 680 million litres of water last financial year. 

The program assists 338 businesses State-wide who use more than 20 million litres of drinking water each year to reduce their water use. 

In 2013-14 these businesses saved a collective 14 billion litres of water, which is the equivalent of 6,222 Olympic swimming pools. 

The five Mid-West businesses to receive major awards are:   

  • Geraldton Hospital Campus – Champion and Gold Award
  • Iluka Resources Ltd Midwest Operations – Platinum Award
  • Mid West Ports Authority – Gold Award
  • Nor West Seafoods Pty Ltd – Gold Award
  • Novotel Ningaloo Resort – Silver Award 

Member for Geraldton MLA, Ian Blayney, thanked the participating businesses for their commitment to water efficiency, particularly the 106 which were recognised for water saving at today’s ceremony. 

“Congratulations to the businesses in the Mid West for their efforts to save water through the WEMP Plan program,” Mr Blayney said.  

“We often forget that businesses – like households – are making changes to the way they operate in order to save water, and money.  

“It is excellent to see these businesses making permanent changes to their operations which continue to deliver significant savings in the long-term.”

There are 338 businesses participating in the WEMP program across WA.  

Since the Program was introduced in 2007 it has saved 45.7 billion litres of water – the equivalent of more than 20,000 Olympic swimming pools of water.  

Champion Awards are presented to businesses who receive Platinum or Gold awards for two consecutive years, Platinum Awards are for more than 50 per cent improvement in water use, Gold Awards are for 35-50 per cent improvement, Silver Awards are for 25-35 per cent improvement and Bronze Awards are for 10-25 per cent.