MP Hong Lim Turns the Tap on Water Savings

MP Hong Lim Turns the Tap on Water Savings

Posted on 12. Dec, 2009 in Clayton Update

State MP Hong Lim was guest of honour at the launch of the Monash Engineering Precinct Water Harvesting Project.
Mr Lim, the member for Clayton, joined Environmental Advisor Michelle Giovas and former Mechanical Services Manager Geoff Brace for the ceremonial turning of the tap.

Monash Facilities and Services joined forces with the Department of Sustainability and Environment to complete the project which involves the collection of rainwater and stormwater for industrial, domestic and grounds usage.
Paul Barton, Director of the Office of Environmental Sustainability, described the completion of the project as a “turning point” in the need for Monash to conserve water.

“Going forward we need to think far more about water harvesting,” Mr Barton told those who attended the launch.
Mr Barton thanks the “Facilities and Services project officers, plumbers and other staff” who had done much of the work on the project.
He paid particular tribute to Ms Giovas and Mr Brace who he said “have had water running through their veins for many years” while getting the project up and running.

The new collection system features a sophisticated water level and pump control and utilisation of an existing redundant 113,000 Litre diesel tank that has been refurbished to drinking water standard.

It is anticipated that the project will achieve water savings of five mega litres a year.

This project was supported by the Victorian Government through the DSE which contributed $50,000 through the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) Fund which targeted the state’s “top 200” water users which includes Clayton campus.

This partnership with DSE is the latest water saving initiative that Monash has undertaken as part of the University’s overall commitment to become more environmentally sustainable.

Since 2002 the university has achieved water savings of 31% per effective fulltime student at the Clayton campus.

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