It's our favourite week of the year - National Water Week!
Why is it our favourite week? Because we get to talk water all week long.
With temperatures rising and little rain in sight the importance of water to every aspect of our world is more evident than ever.
National Water Week (from 21 to 27 October) is an annual opportunity to highlight this precious resource and the role we all play to help protect it.
This year the Australian Water Association is taking a global approach and encouraging the next generation to turn off the tap. This big picture focus has been inspired by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, which identifies 17 sustainable goals for young people to unite and take action to meet by 2030. These goals include creating sustainable communities and delivering quality water for all. And we are joining the National Water Week conversation and leading by example.
“It’s easy to think our actions are just a drop in the ocean, but to make a difference globally we need to start local. Whether this means installing a rainwater tank or teaching your kids to turn off the tap when they clean their teeth,” said Ms Belinda Fayle, Council’s Acting Manager Water and Wastewater.
Council also understand the role they play as a local water utility and is using today’s technology to improve tomorrow’s water network.
“Our Water and Wastewater Section are always looking to best practice and new technologies to improve our water quality and network. Over the last few years, we’ve introduced smart water metering, increased our recycled water service, improved our infrastructure and used detailed data to identify water loss,” said Belinda.
“Last summer was long, hot and dry. These conditions caused record recycled water usage and proved the importance of the drought-proof water source. Each litre of recycled water used by our residents, saves a litre of precious drinking water,” explained Belinda.
Smart metering is another way council is saving precious water. “Our smart water metering service was introduced to help manage water loss and save our customers from nasty leaks. The service involves installing a small electronic device onto a customer’s water meter. This device provides hourly water consumption data, which identifies usage spikes which could mean the property has a concealed water leak.”
We supply 10.5 million litres of water each day through 330km of water mains.
Community Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour
To find out more about the water cycle, Council is inviting the community to attend a tour of their Ballina Wastewater Treatment Plant. This plant operates 365 days a year to treat our community’s 10.9 million litres of wastewater.
The tour is at 10am on Saturday 26 October at 72 Fishery Creek Drive, Ballina. Numbers are limited so please RSVP to Catherine.firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone council on 6686 1255.