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Water and Energy Efficient Aquatic Centres

Water and Energy Efficient Aquatic Centres was initiated in response to the need for sustainable solutions aimed at supporting aquatic centre managers in sourcing water efficiency gains, system upgrades and management improvements.

With over 250 public aquatic centres providing significant health, sporting and recreation benefits to Western Australian communities, the volume of water being managed, the high degree of public usage and scrutiny, and the inability to simply ‘pass-on-increased costs’ without impacting on social participation and inclusion, make this a high priority area for water and energy research and planning.

This collaborative action research project was funded by the Department of Sport and Recreation WA, partnering the Curtin Centre for Sport and Recreation Research (CSRR), Leisure Institute of Western Australia (LIWA) Aquatics and the Royal Life Saving leading aquatics industry support organisation Society.

The key outcome of the project was the development and implementation of a Leisure Industries Water Optimisation Calculator (LIWOC), identifying through scenario evaluations the best upgrade paths to improve water use-efficiencies and significant energy savings for facilities managers.

The process was guided through the partnership with CSRR. The collaborative action research and learning approach implemented by CSRR, combined with the enthusiasm of those involved, resulted in significant industry partnering, most particularly with the Water Corporation WA and the aquatic centre managers.

Impact resulting from the partnership:

2012 – The Water Corporation minister endorsed LIWA as a Waterwise Partner (the first industry partnership for the Corporation).

2013 – LIWA and the Water Corporation collaborate to launch the Waterwise Aquatic Centre Program.

2016 – a total of 25 centres endorsed as Waterwise Aquatic Centre.

2009-2016:

  • Water consumption has been on a declining trend since 2009.
  • Water consumption reduced by 13% since that period.

Principal Areas of Enquiry:

Climate Change and Water
Management and Technology

Lead Researchers:

Professor Marian Tye - Centre for Sport and Recreation Research

Research Team:

Dr David Deeley, Peter Leaversuch, Tony Head

Industry Collaborators

The Board of LIWA Aquatics WA

The Royal Life Saving Society, Australia

Julie Rutherford, Department of Sport and Recreation WA

Yvette Peterson on leave from the Department of Sport and Recreation WA

Jeff Fondacaro, Town of Vincent

Steve Atkinson, Manager, Water Efficiency Initiatives, Water Corporation WA

Gillian Booth, Ellen Daniel, Project Officers, Water Efficiency Initiatives, Water Corporation WA

Karin Kelly, Janine Roets, Narelle Holt, Town of Cambridge

Jarrad Mohr, City of Swan

Stefan Humphries, City of Cockburn

Terry Holton, Holton Connor Architects & Planners

Industry Partners

Acacia Springs Environmental
Department of Sport and Recreation WA
Leisure Institute of Western Australia Aquatics (Inc)
Royal Life Saving Australia
Water Corporation WA

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Water and Energy Efficient Aquatic Centres: a Collaborative Action Research Project