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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

3 November 2006

Saving millions of litres a year: a guide for building owners, managers and users


With community interest in water saving and conservation at an all time high, the Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, today released a guide to help reduce water use in office and public buildings.

“The Water Efficiency Guide: Office and Public Buildings gives practical ‘how to’ help for building owners, managers and users to reduce water use by up to 30% to 40%,” Senator Campbell said.

The commercial office building sector is a significant water user, with office water use accounting for as much as 10% of capital city water consumption. A moderate sized office building typically consumes more than 20 000 litres a day (more than seven million litres a year) - enough to supply 40 average homes.

“This guide will help building owners and managers to cut water usage. It includes practical tips on design, occupancy and refurbishment, as well as information on water collection and waste water treatment, fitting water efficient appliances and reducing leakages, and water-efficient landscaping.”

Senator Campbell congratulated water-efficient businesses showcased in the guide, including:

The guide was developed in collaboration with the New South Wales, Victorian, Queensland, Western Australian, South Australian and Australian Capital Territory governments, and industry.

“The guide is part of the Australian Government’s integrated approach to reducing urban water use,” Senator Campbell said.

“At a community level, the $200 million Community Water Grants programme helps local groups to address their own water use – 1,750 projects worth $61 million were awarded in Round 1.

“Our commitment to saving Australia’s vital water resources is here to stay. I encourage industry and the community to explore how they can save water each and every day.”

For more information: http://www.deh.gov.au/settlements/publications/government/water-efficiency-guide.html

Media contact:
Rob Broadfield 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 43

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