Water saving rules
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.