Businesses that use more than 20,000kL of scheme water each year are required to participate in a water management assessment, facilitated by Busselton Water, and to develop a Water Efficiency Management Plan (WEMP).
This is in line with the WA Government’s waterwise initiatives. In October 2007, Busselton Water formally adopted stage 4 water restrictions which are mid-level restrictions and recommended by Government for the southern regions of Western Australia.
Water efficiency management plans
The requirements for a WEMP are outlined in the Water Agencies (Water Use) By-Laws 2010 and include the following information:
- A profile of the business and description of its operations.
- WEMP objectives
- Key staff members responsible for the implementation
- Details of the water management assessment
- Water savings opportunities
- Water savings action plan (including timeframes)
Businesses are required to submit an annual report detailing their progress against the water-savings action plan. Once the WEMP is signed off, it will last five years unless the business changes ownership or its water use significantly increases.
Participation in the program has important benefits for business including:
- Gaining a greater understanding of the water management process on site
- Focussing management on the continuous improvement of water management processes
- Understanding water costs
- Understanding associated water heating costs
- Demonstrating and promoting commitment to improving environmental outcomes
- Establishing and achieving targets to reduce scheme water use
All information provided by participants of the program remains strictly confidential.
Penalities for non-compliance
Under the Water Agencies (Water Use) By-Laws 2010 and Busselton Water’s Area By-Laws, financial penalties apply to customers who do not meet the mandatory requirements.
Support / Further Information
Information sheets and checklists have been prepared to help business customers develop and implement management plans. These include tools to conduct a quick assessment of your current waterwise practices and an initial water audit. You can download them all from the resources section on this page. For futher information and assistance please contact us.