Water check-up a hit
FREE shower heads and water checks have been running out the door since Cairns Regional Council opened its “water shop” one month ago.
By Monday, 225 residents had registered with the council to have water-saving shower heads installed and their water pipes and water-using appliances checked for any leaks.
Council’s water and waste general manager Bruce Gardiner said that number had jumped to 442 by Tuesday.
“We may have to run the scheme next year if the budget allows,” Mr Gardiner said.
He also said that a number of large commercial sites had taken up the free offer to have their premises checked.
“Getting checks for water leaks can be a huge saving to the site concerned as well as water saving to the community,” he said.
The new shower heads only use between nine and 13 litres of water a minute, about one-third of some older models.
“It also means less wear and tear on infrastructure such as pipes and pumps,” Mr Gardiner said.
“And of course this can also provide a saving to residents because obviously by using less water it will be reflected in their bill.”
Mr Gardiner said most water is used outside for watering gardens, followed by showers, then the laundry and then the kitchen.
“Often people think that it is the kitchen that uses most of the household water but on average it uses only 5 percent of the water that comes into the home,” Mr Gardiner said.
As well as being able to get free watersaving shower heads fitted free by licensed plumbers, council is also conducting free checks throughout the home for any water leaks.
But Mr Gardiner said people will need to get in quick if they want to take advantage of the free service as it will end on December 1.