With the various concerns for the Southern Downs region, such as challenges associated with population growth, climate change and droughts (or reduced water availability), managing the region’s finite fresh water resources has never been so critical.
SDRC facilitates the residents to improve water efficiency and urges the residents to be 'waterwise'. Overall, SDRC strives for creating the 'waterwise communities' in the region (where communities care about and value water, whilst making the best use of the available water sources – groundwater, surface water, including recycled water).
Be Waterwise - Residential
Water is a very precious resource. There are lots of ways to save water in the home which will also save you money off your water utility bills.
We have some great resources available to help you:
Conduct your own home water audit (PDF3.2MB) of water use in the home. This information sheet provides details on how much water is used in the home for everyday activities such as washing your hands and washing dishes. Use the table on the form to then work out your total household use based on the number of people living in your home.
Have you read your water meter lately? We have a great online resource to help calculate the amount of water going through your water meter and into your home. For best results, read your meter at the same time each week and use our water usage calculator to if your usage is high - it could be due to an unidentified leak. Fixing leaks can save both water and money.
Check out all the ideas on ways to reduce the flow (PDF9MB) of water into our homes. Have a look to see if any of the hints for indoors, outdoors and bathroom areas could be applied in your home. Also included are ideas on what to do with all that water captured when waiting for the hot water to arrive at the tap.
A single dripping tap can see up to 10,000 litres of water going down the drain each year. That is more than 40 wheelie bins of water that is not being used! Use our Leak Detection checklist (PDF518.7KB) to make sure you have no leaks at your house.
We all have different habits when it comes to using water. Have a look at our Water Saving Action checklist (PDF642.8KB) to see if there are some new ideas to introduce into your home.
There are lots of great organisations with featuring helpful tips on how to be Waterwise. Whether the site is local, national or international, there just might be a snippet or two that works for you.
Compare the water efficiency between different products by visiting the Water Efficiency Labelling & Standards (WELS) site. The water rating label will tell you how much water that produce will use per minute, per flush or per load. Information can be found on a range of new and old showers, taps, toilets, clothes washing machines and dishwashers.
The Water - Use it Wisely site is based in Arizona but hosts a range of information for residents, educators and kids. Visit the site to find out 100+ ways to conserve water.
The Smart Approved Watermark site offers information on water efficient products as well as advice on saving water around the home, garden and business.
- Application for Exemption - Water Conservation Measures
- Approved Water Carters
- Grey Water
- Supply of Bulk Water
- Water Saving Guides