The importance of managing our precious water resource is a topic of which we are all well aware in an environment of increasing demand and population and rising water costs.
Strathfield Council believes that we have an opportunity as a water user within the region to lead by example adopting sound water management techniques. Council's approach to water management is outlined in the Water Efficiency Plan 2012-2016, which was adopted in March 2012. This plan replaced the previous Water Savings Action Plan 2007-2011.
Council has committed under its Water Plan to reduce water consumption in its top ten water using sites which include:
- Hudson Park Oval and Golf Course
- Strathfield Park
- Mason Park
- Airey Park
- Bark Huts Reserve
- Begnell Park
- Strathfield Council Works Depot
- Council Adminstration Offices
- Kuralee Childcare Centre
- Strathfield Community Centre
The irrigation of parks and open space currently accounts for around 87 per cent of corporate water consumption.
To reduce water use, various water sensitive techniques will be employed ranging from the installation of water tanks, use of waterless urinals, staff training and awareness of water conservation, and making alterations to operation procedures. The planting of native grasses to reduce water waste have also been planted. As well as the installation of a 'Cloud Master' irrigation control system that controls when and the frequency in which Strathfield's parks are watered.
Since 2007, Council has already undertaken significant work to reduce our water use across all areas of Council activities including parks, sportsgrounds, community centres, libraries and council offices. Case studies of various projects are available below.