There’s no denying that it’s been a sweltering hot summer in Mudgee. Due to the extremely hot conditions throughout the region the Mid-Western Regional Council advised locals to restrict the non-essential use of water earlier in the month.
According to the Council’s Facebook page: “This will reduce the strain on Council’s water treatment plants. In order to help, residents are requested to please restrict the use of water during the day and use fixed hoses and sprinklers between the hours of 8.00pm and 8.00am only”.
By reducing the use of water, residents can help alleviate the need to impose water restrictions across the region.
Hopefully there will be no need to impose water restrictions, but if you want to reduce your water use, below are some tips to help:
- Fix leaky taps – even a slow drip can be a huge water waster!
- Invest in water-efficient products for the home such as taps, showerheads, washing machines and dishwashers.
- Try to limit shower time and don’t leave the water running while brushing teeth (just turn it on when you need to rinse).
- If you have a single flush toilet, consider upgrading to a dual flush system.
- Only turn on the dishwasher or washing machine when there is a full load.
- Consider installing a rainwater tank to store water.
- Plug the sink or use a bowl when washing fruit or vegies. The water collected can be used to water the garden.
- Similar to the above, don’t waste cold water in the shower while you wait for it to heat up. The water saved can be collected in a watering can for the garden.
- If you have a pool, use a pool cover to reduce evaporation.
- Try to be more conscious of your water use and where water is used around your home. Most people can save litres of water a day by making simple changes.