Mill Park Secondary College

Not long after the installation of the Vic Facilities data loggers at Mill Park Secondary College, Facilities Manager Wayne Baker realised the benefit Vic Facilities offers - not just his site, but all participating sites.

Mill Park Secondary College

After monitoring the sites water usage for a few weeks, one Tuesday morning Wayne was alerted to the fact that there was huge overnight water use at the site. It became apparent that the site was experiencing multiple leaks that added up to more than 520 litres per hour being wasted.

The main leakage was from a broken rubber seal attached to the evaporative air conditioners. This resulted in water running constantly through the air conditioner rather than being stored, used and disposed of as per normal operating procedure. Toilets located in the site gym also contributed to the problem, as leaking cisterns were contributing an estimated 150 litres per hour to the overall losses.

In addition, the site has a tank to toilet system for flushing toilets and a tripped valve saw mains water used instead of tank water, while not strictly a leak, it still remained a cause of increased mains water use.

Once the necessary repairs were made to the air conditioning system and the sites toilets the sites overall water use has dropped dramatically.

Vic Facilities data loggers have been in place detecting leaks and issues at Mill Park Secondary College for a number of months now, this period has allowed the site to make comparisons in water use and ultimately assess the difference in its water bills.

Since having data loggers in place the sites water bills have dropped a dramatic 50% when compared to their average bill for the last 12 months.

Although located on a large site where there is always the possibility of small amount of water being lost, Wayne and his team are making best use of the Vic Facilities website and are dedicated to reducing their water losses to zero.

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The objective of Vic Facilities is to make the program available to all sites across the state regardless of their water source.

This means sites drawing much or all of their water usage from facilities such as tanks or bores are eligible to have data loggers fitted to these devices to provide them with the best possible analysis of their water consumption.

Vic Facilities is available to every site across the state and the program will subsidise the cost of the supply and installation for all participating sites. Sites are still required to commit to paying access fees for the program in years two and three of $150 (ex GST).

Where the majority of the sites consumption is supplied by non-reticulated means, such as tank or bore water, Vic Facilities will also subsidise the cost of installing a meter so a data logger may be installed.

Who provides Vic Facilities to sites?

Vic Facilities is delivered and funded by the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action and the Department of Education and Training. Yarra Valley Water is the project manager for the program on behalf of the Victorian Government.