Perth Zoo to showcase innovative water efficiency scheme
The replacement of ageing water infrastructure will showcase a new environmentally sustainable scheme at the Perth Zoo.
Western Australian Environment Minister Bill Marmion said the zoo will receive an $11.9 million investment from the State Budget 2011-12 in the coming six years to deliver efficient, effective and innovative water management infrastructure.
Minister Marmion explained "as well as direct and indirect cost savings, the project reaffirms the State Government's desire to implement long-term, effective water sustainability policies.
"The integrated water management system takes a holistic look at water use across the zoo to improve infrastructure, reduce scheme water and groundwater use and recycle water.
"The zoo is looking to apply the latest technology and approaches for the best use of this precious natural resource.
"The project creates an opportunity to recognise Perth Zoo and the State Government as leaders in water management."
Minister Marmion added water was a vital part of the zoo's operations for animals, visitors and the environment and it was important Perth Zoo, as a conservation organisation, was environmentally sustainable in its practices.
"Over the years, Perth Zoo has implemented water-saving measures and it is now taking steps using technology and innovation to further reduce water use.
"As this is an issue everyone faces, an important component of the project will provide opportunities for community education and awareness of environmental sustainability.
"More than 630,000 people visit Perth Zoo each year and this is an excellent way to educate the community on the importance of water conservation."
Earlier this year, Perth Zoo installed more than 300 solar panels on eight of its buildings, making the attraction the city's biggest solar photovoltaic (PV) site.
7th April 2011 - ZOO BECOMES HOME TO PERTH’S BIGGEST SOLAR PV SITE
26th March 2010 - STORM TAKES TOLL ON PERTH ZOO
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