Water use is a significant environmental aspect of Parliament House operations.
Irrigating the landscape uses the most water consumed at Parliament House. However, during Stage 3 Water Restrictions this usage decreased dramatically. Other main uses of water at Parliament House are the kitchens, bathrooms and air-conditioning systems.
Information on saving water in the landscape, including drought tolerant grass trials is available here: Landscape trials
Water consumption for 2011-12 was the second lowest on record. Following the easing of ACT Water Restrictions some of the closed water features have been reactivated.
Objective and Targets
DPS has formally set objectives for managing water use in the DPS Water Strategic Plan 2007-2010.
The plan aims to reduce water consumption in the building and the Parliamentary precincts with the overall outcomes of reducing water costs, minimising our impact on the environment and complying with legal and community obligations.
Tips on saving water
If you work or are visiting Parliament House, then one way you can help save water at Parliament House is to report any leaks or water wastage you observe (contact your relevant office support services or Visitor Services front desk if you are a visitor).
In locations where these facilities are available, then please:
- use automatic sensor hand wash basins;
- choose the half-flush toilet button; and
- take shorter showers.
ACTEW has a website that details other ways to save water: Save Water for Life