Bunbury school recognised for water saving efforts

Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School head of school, Michael Giles and acting grounds manager Paul Davey.

Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School head of school, Michael Giles and acting grounds manager Paul Davey.

Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School was recently recognised for its water savings efforts as part of the Water Corporation’s Waterwise Business Program.

The school was one of five to receive gold status by the Water Corporation acknowledging improvement in water efficiency between 35 and 50 per cent during 2016-17.

Principal Michael Giles said they had reduced their annual scheme water use by 10 million litres per year.

“We have converted 80 per cent of our grassed areas to irrigation from bore water,” he said.

“To increase available bore capacity for irrigation and improving bore water quality, we installed an aeration dam to remove dissolved iron from our bore water.

“Through our intensive leak detection and repair program, we are able to locate leaks in our fire and white water systems.

As a result, we have installed additional isolation valves and a data logger to ensure leaks can be actioned promptly and without disruption.”

The School was presented with the Gold award at a recognition event on Tuesday, May 1 at the Perth Exhibition Centre. 

“The School began exploring alternative water use and ways to improve leak detection as part of an overall sustainability effort,” Mr Giles said. 

“We have also recently installed 180KW solar panels, which was the largest educational installation in Australia.”