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Water restrictions ease but Hunter urged to be smart

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Shorter showers, fixing leaking taps and only washing a full load are some of the ways Hunter residents can help avoid water restrictions this summer.

From today, October 1, the Lower Hunter is being urged to make smart water choices to avoid a return to level 1 restrictions.

The restrictions were introduced for the first time in 25 years last August in response to the worst drought on record for NSW.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said smart water choices are simple, everyday behaviours that will help save water in homes.

“The severe drought may have eased in the Lower Hunter, but it’s important that everyone keeps making smart water choices so that we don’t return to our previous water use behaviours,” she said.

“This is our new normal and we need to maintain these sensible water saving measures by only watering outdoors with a trigger nozzle hose before 10am and after 4pm and not hosing hard surfaces.

“By working together we can preserve more water through summer to ensure we conserve this precious resource into the future.”

Executive Manager Customer Strategy and Retail Victor Prasad said there are plenty of other simple choices we can all make to love water, including inside the home.

“Reducing your shower time is one of the easiest and most effective ways to save water in your home, with showers making up more than a third of our daily water usage,” he said.

“Every minute less is a bucket of water saved so we recommend showering for four minutes or the length of your favourite song.

“Other simple choices such as waiting for a full load to use the dishwasher and washing machine, or fixing dripping taps and leaking toilets, can also add up to some big water savings.

“A few drips from a tap might not seem like much, but over the course of a few days or months, it’s easy to see how precious those few drops are.

“We’re calling on everyone in our community to help us conserve our precious resource in any way they can as we head into the warmer months.

“Level 1 water restrictions may have ended, but there are still many smart choices we can all make every day to save water.”

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