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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 1 Hansard (12 February) . . Page.. 391..


(3) Do the figures in a, b, and c above meet target reduction requirements. If not were any penalties of warnings issued for not meeting targets?

(4) What new measures have been introduced or implemented across Act Government agencies and departments to save water since the beginning of Stage 3 water restrictions.

Mr Stanhope

(Acting Treasurer): The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) It is too early to measure the savings achieved since the beginning of Stage 3 water restrictions because water bills for a full 3 month billing period have not been issued since they were introduced on 1 October 2003.


ACTEW will commence audits on large water users in early January 2004 to ascertain how measures are meeting the targets. This will incorporate a mixture of private sector and government users.

(2) The savings that have been achieved for large water users in the ACT Government as a result of water restrictions are as follows:

Canberra Urban Parks and Places (CUPP)

Stage 1 - In parklands, watering ceased on Category 4 areas, and reduced by 15% on Category 2 and 3; on sportsgrounds watering reduced to 50%of normal on Category 4 grounds (14% of total sportsground area - about 20 grounds).

Stage 2 - Category 4 grounds and further parkland areas water turned off to achieve 25% target.

ACT Housing

Housing ACT is responsible for water bills for all its 11,430 properties. Unfortunately, the billing system does not discriminate between before and after the various stages were introduced so unless a property had its meter read on the day the restrictions commenced it is not possible to answer the question with the specificity sought.

Schools

Stage 1 - 7% saving

Stage 2 - 9%

Stage 3 - data indicates that ACT Government Schools are using 44% less water compared with the equivalent period of 2002.

Department of Health

Hospitals are limited in their ability to reduce water usage as the bulk of the use is internal and essential for to maintain health and hygiene standards.

Totalcare

Stage 1 - Drop from 105,184 kL in 2001/2002 to 77,630 in 2002/2003 = 27%

Stage 2 - Drop from 53,290 kL in 2002 to 39,130 in 2003 = 27%


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