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SDRC workshops to help kids and green thumbs save water at home

Want to turn your children into shrewd water users? Like to keep your gardens looking lush and beautiful while using as little water as possible? Then come along to Southern Downs Regional Council’s water-saving workshops!

Coordinated by SDRC’s  Sustainability Officer Catherine Travers, the FREE workshops will teach the region’s young water savers and keen gardeners tools and tips to conserve water at home now and into the future.

SDRC invites primary school aged children between grades one and four to the Warwick and Stanthorpe Libraries for ‘Water Detectives’, a new Council program which teaches children to think about how they and their families use water at home.

Children will love hands-on activities like learning to be their household’s water manager, or timing how long it takes a normal showerhead to fill a bucket with water compared to water-efficient showerheads.

SDRC is also teaming with Warwick gardening expert Duanne Karle from The Weeping Mulberry to offer workshops in Stanthorpe and Warwick that show green thumbs tips and tricks to keep their gardens thriving while keeping water use to a minimum.

Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Tracy Dobie said everyone had a part to play in monitoring water use at home and in the garden.

“Long-term forecasts indicate our region will to be hotter and drier than in the past,” Cr Dobie said.

“Offering water-saving workshops will give residents the tools they need to make informed choices on the most efficient ways to use water into the future.

“Water Detectives is a great way for children to become involved and to teach our next generation how important it is to conserve our most precious resource.

“With current high level water restrictions, everyone needs to consider ways to reach the current target of 170 litres of water per person per day – around 19 household buckets.

“Developing these practices now will help our region secure its most precious resource moving forward once the drought begins to ease.”

SDRC will host ‘Water Detectives’ and The Weeping Mulberry’s gardening workshops throughout January.

For more information on the times and locations of SDRC’s water-saving workshops, please visit SDRC’s Community, Business Workshops and Forums page at https://bit.ly/2GSYIW9, or follow SDRC’s Facebook page.

SDRC advises that spaces for the workshops are limited, so residents wishing to attend should RSVP to Catherine Travers, Sustainability Officer, on 1300 697 372 or catherine.travers@sdrc.qld.gov.au.

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