Johnny Constable hand-waters the garden at Narooma Public School.
Just one week after level 1 water restrictions were applied across Eurobodalla, residents are being asked to consider how they can best use water wisely during National Water Week, 20-26 October.
Eurobodalla Council’s sustainability education officer Gillian Kearney said continuing dry conditions and low river flows make it everyone’s responsibility – residents and visitors – to help preserve the shire’s drinking water supply over summer.
“People who live here know there are year-round water conservation measures in place,” Gillian said.
“We’ve had a long spell without rain after a dry winter. Residents and businesses have been fantastic in using water wisely, meaning we’ve been able to hold off water restriction until now.”
Gillian said research showed over 40 percent of water used in Eurobodalla was outside on the garden or in and around pools.
“One of the easiest ways to start saving water is to book a free water-wise and bush-friendly garden check,” she said.
“We’ve been running these for four years and they provide inside know-how on creating a low maintenance and water savvy garden that will continue to thrive in low rain conditions.
“At the same time we’ll give you a free water-saving trigger nozzle for your hose, cutting consumption further.”
Gillian said Council’s website gave clear guidance on what actions were permissible under each of the five water restriction levels.
“They’re common sense really. For example, restricting watering of gardens between the hours of 5pm and 10am means water is not lost to evaporation during the hottest part of the day,” she said.
“Other simple measure to conserve water include using a broom – not a hose – to remove leaves from paths and driveways, and washing cars and boats on the lawn, again between 5pm and 10am.
“It’s important to remember water restrictions are enforceable. So get up to speed with what is and is not allowed.”
For information about saving water and water restrictions visit www.esc.nsw.gov.au/water.