South East Queenslanders are being asked to start looking at ways to be more water wise.
Seqwater Chief Executive Officer, Neil Brennan, said a community education campaign was set to start this week with the Water Grid combined dam level expected to fall to 70% capacity.
“The combination of hot, dry conditions, high water use and little or no rain has seen dam levels fall steadily”, Mr Brennan said.
“The Bureau of Meteorology predicts below average rainfall for autumn with warm conditions continuing into April.
“It’s time to start the conversation with SEQ consumers about being more waterwise –especially with consumption per person hitting heights we’ve not seen since before the Millennium Drought.”
Householders will start to see waterwise hints for around the house and in the garden from next week on social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn as well as on Seqwater’s website at seqwater.com.au/waterwise.
Mr Brennan said average water use across SEQ for January and February was 211 litres per person per day or almost 25 litres per person higher than the same time last year.
“In January, water use across SEQ peaked at a record 239 litres per person per day; the highest it’s been since before the Millennium Drought.,” he said.
“There are some simple things we can all do that don’t impact on our lifestyle but could make a big difference.
Seqwater will continue to closely monitor weather forecasts, catchment conditions and dam levels, and operate the Water Grid as required to best manage the region’s water supply.
Tips on how to be water efficient are now available at www.seqwater.com.au/waterwise or from your water retailer and include:
•Checking our household plumbing for leaks
•Not watering in the heat of the day
•Remembering to put your pool cover on when it’s not in use