Wa­ter sav­ing rules

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

With tem­per­a­tures rapidly ris­ing across the re­gion, res­i­dents are re­minded to con­sider their wa­ter con­sump­tion care­fully.

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 than av­er­age sum­mer for North­ern Vic­to­ria.

Goul­burn Val­ley Wa­ter’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.

GVW 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 wa­ter­re­lated 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.’’ Penal­ties ap­ply if you’re breach­ing the PWSRs. found to be

Goul­burn Val­ley Wa­ter res­i­dents’ wa­ter use dur­ing last sum­mer.

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