Every drop counts for Aussie farmers

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Water talk every drop counts

With farmers and communities across NSW facing major drought, the value of water has never been clearer. 

In August, after a dry start to winter, the NSW Department of Primary Industries offi cially announced the entire state was facing drought. Since this announcement, NSW has rallied to offer donations and support for our farmers.

Events such as this, reinforce the value of water. Water is key to survival. All living things, including us, depend on water. We need it to drink, wash, cook, clean and grow food.
Our shire is lucky enough to have great water resources. But it’s also easy to take this precious resource for granted. Understanding the importance of water and making small changes at home or work can help save this precious and fi nite resource.

Here's a few easy ways to save water at home:

  • FLUSH LESS OR USE THE HALF FLUSH. It may not seem like much but using the half fl ush can save the average household 35,000 litres of water a year!

  • USE WATER-EFFICIENT APPLIANCES SUCH AS WASHING MACHINES AND DISHWASHERS. Look for appliances with five-star rating. Some front-load washing machines can save 50% less water! This saving is also great for your family’s finances.

  • FIX LEAKY TAPS AND TOILETS QUICKLY.

  • FIND YOUR WATER METER. Knowing where your water meter is and monitoring your use could save you thousands! A water leak within your property’s plumbing can result in a hefty bill and often go undetected between billing periods. Keeping an eye on your meter will detect this unwanted water loss and cost!

  • TURN OFF THE TAP. If you’re brushing your teeth then remember to turn off the tap!

  • INSTALL A RAINWATER TANK.

  • CONNECT TO RECYCLED WATER WHERE AVAILABLE.

  • CUT YOUR SHOWER TIME. Have shorter showers or opt for a bath if you plan on showering longer than five minutes.