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Celebrating Success

Businesses across the Southern Downs are changing practices and adopting simple actions which has reduced their average daily water use.

We understand that not all businesses can make such adjustments but by working as a region we were just shy of the 30% reduction target set during extreme water restrictions.

Key water saving actions have included:

  • Increased use of rainwater tanks
  • Installation of water efficient showerheads
  • Use of Be Waterwise signage in public facilities
  • Raising awareness of staff of waterwise practices
  • Installation of automatic shut off taps
  • Changing the wash requirements for large vehicles
  • Adjusting internal practices such as washing up and cleaning routines
  • Conducting site audits to identify leaks
  • Encouraging staff to report leaks so they can be fixed immediately

Council has presented a number of Certificates of Appreciation to those businesses who are delivering such a great outcome for our region.

Business Percentage Reduction Time Period Actions 
Stanthorpe - Blue Care   35% March - August 2019 Improved staff awareness of waterwise practices
Adjusting internal cleaning practices
Working with independent clients to adopt waterwise practices
Stanthorpe - Top of the Town   37% March - August 2019 Installed water efficient showerheads
Installed waterwise stickers
Reuse of cleaning water on gardens
Request visitors to bring their own water if they have storage capacity
Stanthorpe - IGA   42% March - August 2019 Improved staff awareness of waterwise practices
Conducted a site audit and repaired leaks
Replaced hot water system 
Warwick - Akooramak   52% March - July 2019 Improved staff and resident awareness of waterwise practices
Adjusting internal cleaning practices
Warwick - Frasers   37% March - May 2019 Changing truck wash practices
Warwick - Regency Park   47% March - July 2019 Improved staff and resident awareness of waterwise practices
Stanthorpe Vet Care  77% March - October 2019 Capturing water for reuse
Improved washing cycles - full loads only as required
Stanthorpe McDonalds  36% March - October 2019 Conducted a site audit and repaired leaks
Replaced nozzle fittings to be improve water efficiency
Adjusted timings on urinals 
 Stanthorpe Hospital  27% March - October 2019 Increased staff awareness of waterwise practices
Use of waterwise signage throughout the site
Conducted a site audit and repaired leaks
Adjusted internal cleaning practices 
Sourced alternative water for outdoor use
 Stanthorpe State 
 Primary School
 70% March - August 2019 Conducted a site audit and repaired leaks
 Stanthorpe Country Kids 
 Early Learning Centre
 27%  March - October 2019 Increased staff and child awareness of waterwise practices
Adjusted washing machine settings
Upgraded appliances to improve water efficiency 

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