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As climate change continues to impact Western Australia, sustainability has become a key deciding factor in what we buy - including big purchases like a new home.

The Waterwise Development program supports developers in building sustainable homes and communities by applying Water Sensitive Urban Design principles in their estates.

These principles provide opportunities to enhance urban development's social and environmental amenities.

Program benefits

  • Recognition of your Waterwise Development endorsement and exclusive access to utilise the waterwise logo, promotional materials, brochures, marketing opportunities to promote your project as a Waterwise Development
  • Invitation to workshops, networking, and industry events
  • Promotion of achievements in industry publications
  • Residents who live in waterwise developments can benefit from key environmental initiatives

What is a waterwise development?

Our Waterwise Development Program highlights the role developers have in building waterwise communities. Supporting developers to implement water efficiency principles in their estates helps us work towards our long-term plan to provide a sustainable water future for generations to come.

Here are some examples of incentives that could be available in a waterwise development:

  • Verge and front garden landscaping packages including Waterwise trees and plants
  • Smart irrigation controllers (to optimise sprinkler run times based on local weather)
  • Smart water meter (to track water usage in the garden and detect leaks)


A guide to waterwise developments

Interested in understanding how innovative waterwise initiatives and Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) can become mainstream practice in Perth’s development industry? Check out our Guide to Waterwise Developments.

Find waterwise developments

See our list of endorsed developments across Western Australia and find out if you're living in a waterwise development.

Want to join the program?

Find out more about the endorsement requirements for developers to become waterwise via the link below.


Waterwise developments in action

Learn how developers and businesses in WA are building waterwise communities and gaining accreditation for their sustainability initiatives under the Waterwise Business Program.

04 May 2022 | Update

Waterwise champions making it their business to save water

Using water sustainably is good for business. Just ask this year's waterwise award recipients.

  • Business
  • Waterwise businesses
  • Waterwise councils
  • Waterwise developments
Sitting area at OneFiveOne Hamilton Hill
14 May 2021 | Update

2021 Platinum Waterwise winners

Every year, Water Corporation and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation come together to celebrate the water efficiency achievements of local government, businesses, buildings, developments and aquatic centres.

  • Waterwise
  • Waterwise businesses
  • Waterwise councils
  • Waterwise developments
Image of Perth skyscraper, 197 St Georges Terrace
31 May 2019 | Update

Gold Waterwise Developments putting sustainability & water efficiency first

Gold Waterwise Developments highlight the important role developers have in creating liveable communities.

  • Waterwise developments
  • Waterwise
Amble Estate nature playground utilising native and drought tolerant plants which require zero irrigation

Want to know more about the program?

Find out more about the endorsement requirements for developers to become waterwise via the link below.

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