All Local Government Authorities will introduce and enforce water restrictions from time to time in response to declining availability of water for urban supply. If you are connected to a town water supply, you can find out more information about water restrictions in your Local Government Area by clicking on the links provided below. However, regardless of whether water restrictions currently apply in your area, or whether your home is connected to a self sufficient water supply, it is worth considering ways to conserve water in your day to day use to ensure our catchments remain healthy and resilient to the impacts of drought and that self sufficient water supplies last throughout a drought period. We recommend implementing the following actions to conserve water:
- Consider whether having green grass during a dry period is in fact a priority for you. Yes green grass looks lovely and provides the feeling of an oasis during dry times however, we cannot eat or drink our lawns, nor can it wash our bodies or clothes so it stands to reason that it is well worth accepting that while the grass may be brown and crispy, it is better to have clean bodies, clothing and food to drink than a green lawn. Consider this, it takes approximately 30 secs on mains water pressure to fill a 10L bucket of water. That equates to 20L per minute. So if you put the sprinkler on to water the grass, it will use approx 1,200L of water per hour. Please consider accepting that brown grass may not look very nice but if you leave it until the rain waters it, you will have immediately made a great contribution to water conservation.
- Purchase water efficient household appliances such as toilets, washing machines, dishwashers and water saving tap products such as shower heads and water flow restricters. Look for appliances and tap products that have a WELS Rating of more than 3 stars- optimally up 4-5 stars will provide the best water efficiency. Look for shower heads and tap filters that restrict water flow but still provide good pressure and even water distribution and you won’t be able to tell the difference.
- When you turn on a tap, consider how long it needs to be on. If you are brushing your teeth or wiping down a bench, turn the tap off in between uses. Wash the dishes with the plug in and only half fill the sink. Only turn on the shower when you are ready to get into it and consider whether you need a full bathtub of water to bathe a child or yourself for a short time.
- Ensure that home gardens, both edible and ornamental are well mulched at all times and consider the addition of organic matter and water absorbing agents to your soils to allow the gardens to retain moisture and require less frequent applications of water during dry times. Consider whether the growth of edible plants would be better suited in pots, planter boxes and bags that are now readily available that allow for a more sustainable application of water in dry times.
Water Restriction information for the region:
Fraser Coast Area: http://www.widebaywater.qld.gov.au/quicklinks/waterrestrictions
Bundaberg Area: http://bundaberg.qld.gov.au/services/water
North Burnett Area: http://www.northburnett.qld.gov.au/?id=27
South Burnett Area: http://www.southburnett.qld.gov.au/waterwise
Gympie Area: https://www.gympie.qld.gov.au/water-restrictions