The Yorke Peninsula Council takes water conservation very seriously. Over the past decade, it has demonstrated its commitment to sustainable water management by investing in several large-scale water conservation projects, including an effluent treatment and re-use scheme at Ardrossan, Maitland and Yorketown stormwater recycling facilities and a desalination plant at Marion Bay.
In 2007, Council joined the ICLEI Water Campaign (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives for local governments), an international program which has as its mission to develop the “…capacity of local government to reduce water consumption and improve water quality (ICLEI Oceania website).” Each participating council is required to work through a series of five milestones relating to water use and quality in the context of both corporate and community spheres of activity. These are:
- Milestone 1: complete an inventory of water consumption and a water quality practices gap analysis.
- Milestone 2: set goals to improve water management.
- Milestone 3: develop a local action plan.
- Milestone 4: implement the local action plan.
- Milestone 5: complete a second inventory and report on progress (ICLEI website).
Council has attained Milestone 3 and is currently in the process of implementing its ICLEI Water Campaign Local Action Plan.