Goldenfields Water is responsible for water supply functions within the local government areas of Bland, Coolamon, Junee, Temora, and parts of Cootamundra-Gundagai, Hilltops and Narrandera. They also supply water in bulk to Hilltops and Cootamundra-Gundagai Councils, which distribute the water directly to residents in parts of their local government area. In total, Goldenfields Water supply quality drinking water to approximately 46,000 customers across an area of 22,526 sq. km in parts of NSW’s South West Slopes and Riverina regions.
In 2017 Goldenfields Water recognised the value in better understanding the needs and experiences of the areas they serve. They wanted to foster stronger, closer relationships with the communities that depend on them for water supply. To be able to create a better engagement with their constituents, Goldenfields Water launched their first Community Engagement Strategy.
The project aims to provide communities access to clean, freshwater while helping the environment by reducing the need for single-use plastic bottles. The initiative also educates customers and community members about the region’s drinking water supply, the water cycle, water efficiency and the benefits of choosing tap water.
To deliver the objectives of the Community Engagement Strategy Goldenfields Water decided to donate a total of 40 drinking water and bottle refill stations within the period of 2017-2020 and to reach this goal, approximately 8 drinking stations are installed each year. Constituent councils are responsible for choosing the town to receive the donated stations and installation location within the town.
With these objectives in mind, Goldenfields Water was looking for drinking water stations which have bottle refilling capabilities. Breah Coleman from Goldenfields Water said that the decision to go with CIVIQ’s Aquafil FlexiFountain was made due to the “multifunction units including the water bottle refill tap, the bubbler fountain and the dog bowl. These fountains also look attractive in the community”.
As of writing, Goldenfields Water has distributed 38 stations to 20 local communities within the councils of Junee, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Bland, Hilltops, Temora, Coolamon and Narrandera. According to Breah “our community benefits mostly from the bottle refill function as many of our stations have been installed at local sporting facilities, parks and path-ways, where people require taps to fill up their water bottles with fresh water while exercising“.
To find out more about Goldenfields Water’s initiative visit: http://www.gwcc.nsw.gov.au/Community/Water-refill-stations