Water Efficiency Management.
Chris Taylor acted as WEA (Water Efficiency Assessor) for 6 SEQ Correctional Centres on behalf of Department of Public Works. The Qld Department of Correctional Services (DCS) is committed to water efficiency and have since contracted Department of Public Works and Taylor Environmental to prepare WEMPs for 3 additional Correctional Centres situated outside the geographic area requiring WEMPs. Issues covered in the correctional centre WEMPs include water use in inmate amenities, laundry and kitchen requirements, and other onsite programs such as operational dairy farms, a spectacle washing program, and on site wastewater treatment and reuse. Water efficiency programs were required to not only deliver the maximum possible water savings, but to also be appropriate for use in high security environments. All 9 correctional centres have been very successful in achieving significant reductions in water use and are implementing long term projects which will ensure water efficiency remains a key operational requirement. The combined water savings for the correctional centres was over 400ML, equivalent to an 85% reduction in water use over 4 years.