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Council offers bucket-load of water savings as Southern Downs moves to high level restrictions

Water warriors across the Southern Downs are set to receive a helping hand with Southern Downs Regional Council giving away FREE water buckets as a part of its ongoing commitment to water conservation.

FREE water saving buckets will be available to residents from 29 October before the region moves to high level water restrictions on 1 November. 

Residents can simply drop into Council’s Stanthorpe and Warwick Administration Centres or Allora office to pick up their free nine litre bucket or any of Council’s other water saving tools.

The buckets are the latest addition to SDRC’s many water saving initiatives, including the Water Tank Rebate, free shower timers and other free water saving devices such as showerheads and outdoor sprinklers.  

Under high level water restrictions, the target level for water consumption is a maximum of 170 litres per person per day ­ - around 19 buckets.

“The water buckets are a simple and easy way for residents to catch the heat-up water in their showers that would otherwise go to waste,” Councillor for Agriculture, Environment and Sustainability Cameron Gow said.

“Residents can use that water for outdoor activities such as watering their gardens or washing their cars while also gaining a sense of how much water they are actually using.

“Together with the Water Tank Rebate, shower timers and water efficient shower heads, the buckets will help residents save more water and help sustain the region’s water supply.”

Following recent rainfall, data from the region’s water treatment plants indicates that Southern Downs residents use up to 60 per cent of their town water supply for outdoor purposes.

“Despite recent rainfall little water has flowed into the region’s dams. The soil is so dry that the ground has soaked up nearly all of the rain,” Cr Gow said.

“While our gardens and our lawns look greener, we still need to save as much water as we can until our dams fill.

“With that in mind, residents may also want to consider adding mulch to their gardens to help retain any new moisture and planting in shady areas to help reduce the need for watering.”

For more information on water restrictions and  SDRC’s water saving initiatives please contact 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372).

Households can save more than 50 buckets of water a day by following a few simple tips! For tips on how to be WATERWISE visit or contact

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