Water Saving Hints
The main water supply dams in the South Burnett Region are at low levels and we can’t rely on rainfall to provide us with a never-ending supply of water. It’s important to reduce water consumption and use water efficiently.
Inside the house:
- Turn the tap off while you clean your teeth, shave, or soap up before washing your hands and save up to 9L a minute.
- Take 4 minute showers. Cutting your shower time from 7 to 4 minutes will save up to 36L of water.
- When rinsing dishes part-fill the sink instead of running the water.
- Select water-efficient appliances when replacing any that use water.
- Wash clothes when you have a full load.
Outside the house:
- Sweep paved areas, driveways and paths with a broom.
- Choose native trees and shrubs.
- Mulch garden beds to reduce water loss.
- Set your lawn mower’s cutting height to 3cms or higher. This will reduce the amount of water your grass will need.
- Check your home for leaking water:
- Check plumbing fixtures for drips or leaks. A dripping tap can waste more than 200L of water per day.
Test your property for leaking pipes:
- Wear gloves - meter covers and boxes can be a haven for spiders and snakes.
- Do not allow unsupervised children to touch water meter covers or boxes.
- Make sure you have checked all of the water fixtures in your home for leaks or faulty connections.
- Take a water meter reading by writing down the black and red digits from left to right (black digits are kilolitres used).
- Don’t use any water on the premises (including flushing the toilet) for at least 1 hour and then take another reading.
- If the meter reading has changed, there may be a leak in an underground pipe.