The City of Rockingham’s continued efforts to save water through the Waterwise Council Program have been recognised, with the city again being endorsed as a gold waterwise council for the fifth year in a row. The city had to report on the goals of its 2021 Waterwise Council Action Plan to receive re-endorsement by the program, which is administered by the Water Corporation and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. Gold waterwise councils must also have a best practice waterwise verge policy or similar, a dedicated water management team and all aquatic centres endorsed as waterwise. Key actions included reducing the city’s potable corporate water usage by 3056 kilolitres, planting 15,000 trees since 2017 and improving leak detection and repairs to water lines and irrigation systems at the city’s biggest water consuming sites. Mayor Deb Hamblin said the city was successfully planning for future generations through sensible climate change initiatives. “Our climate is evolving and the city proactively looks at the ways it can reduce water consumption to ensure it maintains its status as a gold waterwise council,” she said. “The city acknowledges and understands the impacts of climate change and water conservation plays a crucial part in continuing to develop a sustainable, liveable community.” Ms Hamblin said the re-endorsement was a reflection of the city’s efforts over the years to reduce its water usage on a sustainable scale. The city was first endorsed as a waterwise council in 2017 and first received recognition as a gold waterwise council in 2019.