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Following Esperance’s Tidy Towns win in the Great Southern and South Coast Region category, Esperance has received State recognition for water conservation in the 2013 Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities program. Esperance was commended for the use of several innovative methods of reducing water consumption.

Water consumption has decreased significantly at the Bay of Isles Leisure Centre following the introduction of sight windows in the backwashing system that is now operated when needed, rather than routinely. A new floor-cleaning machine has also contributed to savings. Overall this year water consumption was reduced by 869,600 litres compared to last year.

In order to minimise the amount of water needed to support parks and gardens, the Shire has modified landscape designs to feature native plants that require little water. A priority list ensures the irrigation systems in poorest condition are first to receive upgrades. The new systems feature efficiency measures and energy consumption reducing designs.