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The Hon Dr Mike Kelly AM MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Water

Winner of inaugural Prime Minister's Water Wise Award announced

Media release
9 March 2010
MK 03/10

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The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, and Parliamentary Secretary for Water, Dr Mike Kelly, today congratulated Inghams Enterprises on winning the inaugural Prime Minister’s Water Wise Award.

Announced by Dr Kelly at the Australian Water Association Awards Dinner in Brisbane, the award was developed to recognise and reward businesses that excel in water use efficiency and management.

Through their innovative water saving initiatives, Inghams Enterprises has saved 545 million litres of water since March 2009 and reduced their reliance on mains water by 70 per cent.

“Inghams Advanced Water Treatment Plant project is one of many impressive water saving initiatives that entered the award,” Mr Rudd said.

“It is very encouraging to see that large water users are striving to achieve best practice in water efficiency and demonstrating their commitment to continual improvement.”

Dr Kelly said the Australian Government recognises the immense challenge we face as a nation in preparing for a future with less water and the role government, industry, and individuals play in response to these challenges.

“I applaud Inghams Enterprises and the finalists for their leadership and excellence in water savings,” Dr Kelly said.  

Delivering on a 2007 Australian Government election commitment, the Prime Minister’s Water Wise Award complements the Australian Government’s Water for the Future key priorities which include: taking action on climate change, using water wisely and securing water supplies.

The winner and four finalists were selected on the basis of their significant water savings; innovation; excellence in project delivery; and high capacity for their approaches to be replicated at other facilities.

The four finalists for the Prime Minister’s Water Wise Award were Amcor Australasia; Coca-Cola Amatil; Diageo Australia and Rossdale Golf Club.

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Attachment: Project details of the winner and finalists

Winner name: Inghams Enterprises

Project title: Inghams Advanced Water Treatment Plant (Murarrie)

Inghams developed a holistic water management plan and installed an Advanced Water Treatment Plant (AWTP) and water efficient devices, demonstrating a corporate commitment to a long-term water saving culture.

Water recycling is particularly innovative in the food processing industry, which requires high quality water and is governed by strict regulations. This is the first time an AWTP has been used to treat wastewater from a poultry processing plant to substitute potable water. Inghams has shown that advanced water treatment technology can be effective in the food processing industry and can be used at similar sites.

Inghams reduced their reliance on mains water by 70 per cent and saved 545 million litres of water a year. This is a particularly impressive result in light of the strict water standards required by the food industry.

Finalist name: Amcor Australasia

Project title: Amcor Australasia’s water strategy: using less and sharing more

Amcor aims to become a leader in sustainable packaging and has achieved significant water savings across a number of sites. Since 2007, Amcor has reduced their total Australian water use by 22 per cent, representing total water savings of 1,000 million litres a year. In 2008-09 Amcor achieved a 36 per cent reduction in potable water use per unit of production and implemented water management plans for all their major sites. Amcor invests in sharing recycled and harvested water with other community users. Amcor installed water tanks at five sites to harvest and donate more than six million litres of rainwater every year.

Finalist name: Coca-Cola Amatil

Project title: Water Efficiency – change through innovation and employee engagement

Coca Cola Amatil (CCA) initiated 55 water saving projects, including water reclaim, recovery optimisation, recycling and stormwater harvesting across several CCA sites, estimating their water savings at 53 million litres a year. The type of water saving projects implemented at CCA can be replicated by other beverage companies and inspire similar water savings across the beverage sector. CCA supports continual improvement through a high level of staff engagement and competition amongst sites for recognition as the most efficient in CCA.

Finalist name: DIAGEO Australia Limited

Project title: DIAGEO Australia’s water saving journey at their Huntingwood facility in Sydney

Diageo, a global premium drinks company, have set up several innovative water savings measures and management practices at their Huntingwood site. Since 2003, Diageo’s Water-Watch program has helped reduce water usage at the site by 43 per cent, representing 55.5 million litres of water savings each year. Diageo have set the benchmark in water usage with a savings achievement of 1.2 litres of water for each litre of finished product.

Finalist name: Rossdale Golf Club Limited

Project title: Rossdale Golf Club’s Storm Water Harvesting, Storage & Aquifer Project

Rossdale Golf Club is a picturesque bay side course, whose directors and members are determined to ensure a quality course and the survival of the flora and fauna which surrounds the region. Five years of identification, monitoring and implementation has reduced mains water usage by 56 per cent, saving 35 million litres a year and produced a unique aquifer storage and recovery facility. As a result of water saving activities, bird life on the course has increased by 50 per cent, including species of birds that have not been seen in the area for over 15 years. The Club has also planted more than 400 new native trees to help offset its carbon footprint.

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