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$209,000 TO SAVE WATER IN THE TWIN CITIES Friday, 1 December 2006

The Twin Cities will be able to save more than 37,000 mega litres of water per year, after five local projects received Federal Government funding of $209,065. Member for Herbert, Peter Lindsay, today visited the Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Pimlico to see first hand how the hospital will use its grant of $43,143 to save over 14 million litres of water per year. “I commend the Mater Hospital staff for doing their part in ensuring a sustainable and water-wise future,” Mr Lindsay said. The Mater Hospital will save water by recycling water previously used for sterilising equipment. Waste water will be diverted to a recovery tank to be cooled and then recycled through the

sterilisers. Other local projects to receive funding are; Thuringowa State High School $49,461, Townsville State High School $16,980, Townsville Golf Club Incorporated $49,480, Thuringowa City Council $50,000. “These projects are vital in helping to conserve our precious water supply, particularly at a time when we have just gone on to water restrictions,” Mr Lindsay said. The community groups in Townsville and Thuringowa will receive funding under the Community Water Grants programme for projects to save, recycle or improve the health of local water resources. “These projects are being funded under the $200 million Community Water Grants programme, which is part of the $2 billion Australian Government Water Fund,” Mr Lindsay said. 1,444 community groups across the country will receive Federal Government funding totalling $61.7 million under Round 2 of Community Water Grants. The funding will help to implement practical on-the-ground projects. “It is expected that nationally, Community Water Grants projects will save 9,518 mega litres of water per year, and that community groups will donate 560,000 volunteer hours to implement the projects,” Mr Lindsay said. “I encourage all community groups to take part in the next round of Community Water Grants.” For more information on Community Water Grants and the next funding round visit: www.australia.gov.au/communitywatergrants ATTACHMENT: Description of local projects LOCAL PROJECTS •MATER HOSPITAL This project will save water at Mater Misericordiae Hospital Townsville by recycling water previously used for sterilising equipment. Waste water will be diverted to a recovery tank to be cooled and then recycled through the sterilisers. This project is will save approximately 14,475,000 litres of water per year. •THURINGOWA STATE HIGH SCHOOL This project will save water by installing slow flow devices at Thuringowa State High School. The school will install constant flow control valves, replace inefficient toilets with dual flush toilets, adjust low use urinal flushing and replace high use urinal flushing with bio-enzyme systems. This project will save 3,843,000 litres of water per year. •TOWNSVILLE STATE HIGH SCHOOL This project will save water at Townsville State High School by installing rainwater tanks to flush toilets and irrigate. This project will save 200,000 litres of water per year. •TOWNSVILLE GOLF CLUB This project will save water at Townsville Golf Club by upgrading the

existing irrigation system. New pipe work and a moisture monitoring system will be installed. Automated pop-up sprinklers will increase water efficiency in windy conditions. This project will save 1,760,000 litres of water per year. •THURINGOWA CITY COUNCIL This project will save water in the Thuringowa City Council administration building. Dual flush toilets and flow controlled taps and showerheads will be installed and the irrigation systems will be linked to a water saving radio controlled computer system. This project will save 16,765,454 litres of water per year.’