Con­sider wa­ter use

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page -

With tem­per­a­tures ris­ing across the re­gion, Goul­burn Val­ley Wa­ter is urg­ing lo­cal res­i­dents to con­sider their wa­ter con­sump­tion.

Per­ma­nent Wa­ter Sav­ing Rules (PWSR) are in place through­out the year to en­cour­age wa­ter ef­fi­ciency and smart wa­ter use around the home.

Many towns across the Goul­burn Val­ley re­ceived less than half of their av­er­age Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber rain­fall, and the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy is pre­dict­ing a warmer-thanaver­age sum­mer for North­ern Vic­to­ria.

The au­thor­ity’s wa­ter us­age data shows con­sump­tion last sum­mer spiked in Jan­uary across the re­gion, with a to­tal of 3398 me­gal­itres (ML), com­pared to 2728 ML in De­cem­ber and 2964 ML in Fe­bru­ary.

Goul­burn Val­ley Wa­ter op­er­a­tions man­ager Steven Nash said while wa­ter stor­ages were still healthy, it was ev­ery­one’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to use wa­ter wisely, es­pe­cially ahead of a po­ten­tially dry sum­mer.

‘‘Fol­low­ing the PWSRs en­sures we can help man­age wa­ter sus­tain­ably for the fu­ture,’’ Mr Nash said.

‘‘Watering your gar­den in the evening or early morn­ing helps re­duce wa­ter lost to evap­o­ra­tion and max­imises ab­sorp­tion, and us­ing a trig­ger noz­zle on your hose helps con­trol the flow of wa­ter if you’re watering your gar­den with a hand-held hose.’’

Watering your gar­den un­der PWSRs can also help al­le­vi­ate pres­sure on house­hold wa­ter con­sump­tion at peak times dur­ing the day.

‘‘Set your sprin­klers to run later in the evening, so it doesn’t im­pact on the wa­ter pres­sure when your house­hold’s at its busiest with show­ers, dish­wash­ing and other wa­ter-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties,’’ Mr Nash said.

‘‘Fol­low­ing the PWSRs can also help re­duce pres­sure on our sup­ply sys­tems and al­lows our treat­ment plants to re­cover to meet de­mand dur­ing peak us­age.’’

Per­ma­nent Wa­ter Sav­ing Rules were in­tro­duced in 2011 across Vic­to­ria and are part of the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s Tar­get Your Wa­ter Use pro­gram, de­signed to im­prove wa­ter ef­fi­ciency.

●●The key rules are:

Sprin­klers can be used af­ter 6 pm or be­fore 10 am. Hand-held hoses can be used any time if a trig­ger noz­zle at­tached.

Brooms or blow­ers must be used to clean hard sur­faces.

●Penal­ties do ap­ply if you’re found to be breach­ing the PWSRs. Peo­ple can re­port breaches to Goul­burn Val­ley Wa­ter on 1800 454 500.

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