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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 13 Hansard (27 November) . . Page.. 4931..


Assembly Building

- the flow of water from "flusherettes"has been adjusted to the minimum level allowable to maintain hygiene standards. Also most of the showers and hand basins throughout the building have flow restrictors installed.

ACT Government Schools

- No DEYFS buildings have flusherettes, all toilets are directly connected to mains water and do not have an independent "flusherette"system as hospitals and larger hotels do. Approximately 90% of schools have motion activated urinals. Toilets were investigated in 1999 and had either float levels adjusted or water displacement devices installed where this did not have a negative effect on flushing performance. Further investigation of water saving devices in school toilets is underway.

More recently built schools have either dual flush or low flushing volume toilets installed. In addition to this toilets are being checked to ensure they are in good working order. Also push operated low flow taps are being installed at high schools and colleges where plumbing arrangements allow.

(3) Government owned office accommodation - no significant water reductions can be achieved in running the boilers and cooling towers currently installed, the systems have need to be changed. Any such conversions would have significant cost implications and would need to be evaluated to ensure that the changes did not result in increased energy consumption.

Assembly Building

- the level and flow of water into the cooling tower has been adjusted to minimize overflow.

ACT Government Schools

- Most schools do not have water coolers and this has not been an area of focus for schools as the bulk of water usage is on grounds irrigation and toilets. If there are water savings to be made in this area, these will be identified as part of the visits being undertaken by the Water Project Officer.

(4) Government owned office accommodation - water consumption decreased by 15% in 2002-03.

Assembly Building

- the estimated annual reduction in water use as a result of the above measures is 20%.

ACT Government Schools

- Most measurements were undertaken in 1999 so current data is not available. Under the current water restrictions, schools are aiming to achieve 40% reduction in water use. This will be achieved primarily through a reduction in watered grounds. Toilet and hand basin efficiencies are expected to result in a saving of around 5%.

(5) See responses above

Facilitator for Charitable Collections Act 2003

(Question No 1058)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

(1) What is the cost to the ACT community of the appointment of a facilitator to assist in the implementation of the new Charitable Collections Act 2003?


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