The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has joined the Water Corporation’s Waterwise Towns Program in a joint initiative that is set to help the community save millions of litres of drinking water.
The program will provide the Kalgoorlie-Boulder community with a number of strategies and tools to encourage and support them to achieve a sustainable reduction in water use
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mayor John Bowler said the initiative was partially in response to the recent increases in water charges with the introduction of the tiered water usage rates.
Mr Bowler was critical of what he described as exorbitant prices being charged for water in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
“When I met with members of the Water Corp board this week, my message was that the State Government was price gouging because they had a monopoly, and that local residents had a right to a nice garden or backyard pool, just like Perth residents,” he said.
Despite his criticism of the water prices, the Mayor said the City was looking at ways to help the community be as waterwise as possible.
“This program will help residents find ways to reduce their water usage and keep their bills as low as possible,” he said.
“Everyone in Kalgoorlie-Boulder has a smart water meter, which is very unusual and not everyone in WA has one. These collect data from your water meters and can tell you in real time what your water usage is, what your next bill is likely to be, and help to identify potential leaks.
“The City has partnered with the Water Corporation to help the community find ways to save, and we are expecting to see good savings in water use from a range of initiatives, including free water wise showerhead swaps and community education.
“Water is a precious resource here in the Goldfields, it has to travel 560km down the pipeline to reach us, so we need to make sure we use it carefully.”