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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

Nominations open for Prime Minister's Water Wise Award

Media release
16 May 2011
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Commercial and industrial companies that can demonstrate recent water savings are encouraged to nominate for the 2011 Prime Minister's Water Wise Award.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, announced the opening for nominations today.

"The award recognises the commitment to saving water from within the commercial and industrial sectors, which typically account for between 15 and 20 per cent of all water used in Australia," Senator Farrell said.

"I encourage companies of all sizes that can demonstrate notable reductions of water use, in comparison to similar facilities, to nominate for the award."

Eligible water savings can be achieved through a variety of means, including, metering and monitoring; installing water efficient devices; and implementing innovative technologies that reduce the need for water usage.

"Last year's award showed the extent to which Australian businesses are committed to improving their water use," Senator Farrell said.

"Entries were received from a wide variety of businesses including a Harley-Davidson wheel manufacturer, a pharmaceutical company and a golf course.

"Inghams Enterprises received the 2010 award for achieving a 70 percent reduction in water use and a dedicated water saving culture within the organisation."

Applications close at 5 pm AEST on 8 August 2011 and the winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by the savewater! Alliance in November 2011.

The Prime Minister's Water Wise Award is part of the Water Efficiency Opportunities program, under the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative.

For more information on the award or to enter visit: www.savewater.com.au/programs-and-events/savewater-awards