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Water restrictions take effect


A challenge has been put out to Lower Hunter residents to use four buckets of water less per day as the region prepares for the introduction of level one restrictions.

With dams at their lowest levels in more than two decades, Hunter Water stressed the amount of water used in homes had a significant impact on its storages.

“Saving four buckets of water is all it takes to make a difference,” Hunter Water’s executive drought lead, Darren Cleary, said.

“While level one water restrictions will focus on outdoor water use, there are plenty of simple and easy things we can do every day that will save our precious resource.

“One of the easiest ways to save water is by reducing showers to four minutes. We know that the shower is the largest discretionary water user in the home, making up more than a third of daily water usage.

“Every minute reduced in the shower is a bucket of water saved.”

Level one restrictions started in the Hunter Region on Monday.

For homes and businesses, it includes: no sprinklers; wash your vehicle on the grass using a trigger nozzle; no hosing of hard surfaces; and outdoor watering before 10am or after 4pm with a trigger nozzle.

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