Council recognised for world-class water saving program

Logan City Council Water Infrastructure Manager Tony Goodhew and Roads and Water Committee Chairperson, Councillor Don Petersen, with the award.

A nine-year program that has saved the equivalent of an Olympic swimming pool full of water every day in Logan’s water network has received a Local Government Managers Australia (Qld) Award for Excellence.

Logan City Council won the Excellence in Sustainability category for its water pressure and leakage management program at a ceremony last night.

Roads and Water Infrastructure Committee Chairperson, Councillor Don Petersen (Division 4), said the award reflected Council’s long-term focus on saving water and money for water customers across the city.

He said Council had achieved ‘better than world class’ performance for water infrastructure leakage rates (based on World Bank Institutes’ Best Performance Category 1A), with 2.5 megalitres of water per day – or an Olympic swimming pool full – saved to date through 38 per cent fewer pipe bursts and less leakage from pipelines.

The program has also achieved operational savings of almost $15 million, which continue to grow as new water pressure and leakage management initiatives come on line.

“Council first started its pressure and leakage management program in 2006 when the Millennium drought was in full force and water saving was top of mind for everyone,” Cr Petersen said.

“The program aims to reduce water losses in our network from pipe leaks and bursts by analysing and modelling water pressure, dividing Logan into district metered areas, and progressively installing district meters and pressure reducing infrastructure across the city.

“Around 85 per cent of Logan is currently covered by the program.”

Cr Petersen said water customers had faced escalating charges due to increasing bulk water costs since 2008.

“Based on the predicted bulk water price path at the time, Council was concerned that the cost of water losses from the city’s water network – ultimately passed onto customers – could rise from around $2.4 million in 2008 to $6.2 million in 2018,” he said.

“This encouraged Council to continue to invest in the pressure and leakage management program.

“Council also recognised the value of the pressure and leakage management program in enhancing the environment, extending the life of water assets, and reducing impacts on water customers and residents in areas like water outages, localised flooding and disruption to the road network during pipe repairs.”