Water check-up a hit

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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