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Water saving efforts lead to removal of restrictions

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The Lower Hunter community will reap the benefits of a reduction in water usage when Level 1 restrictions are removed next month.

Hunter Water has made the decision as a result of a number of factors, including the community’s ongoing water savings and a significant reduction in leakage across the water network.

“Since water restrictions were introduced almost a year ago, Lower Hunter residents have used on average 15% less water than we expected, which is equivalent to saving the water use of 52,000 households,” Hunter Water Managing Director Darren Cleary said.

“On top of that, Hunter Water’s significant investment in leakage reduction across its network has led to a further 13% fall last financial year, bringing the total reduction to 34% in three years.”

Mr Cleary added that, while it was an outstanding effort, it was still important for the community to make smart decisions when it comes to water usage.

“While this is welcome news, we can’t lose sight of the lessons from the severe drought and return to past water use habits,” he said.

“I’m pleased that so many people across the region have adopted the new habits brought on by water restrictions and it makes sense for them to continue these behaviours in their daily routines to help save our precious resource.

“It’s important that we all continue to save now for summer and not become complacent with our water use.”

According to Mr Cleary, the drought demonstrated how quickly water storages can fall during the warmer months.

He added some simple choices could help the community “love water” all year round.

This includes steps like only watering outdoors with a trigger nozzle before 10am or after 4pm, and not hosing hard surfaces.

“Other simple choices, such as reducing showers to four minutes and waiting for a full load before using the dishwasher and washing machine, can also make a big difference when it comes to saving water,” Mr Cleary said.

The water restrictions are set to be removed on Thursday 1 October.

Visit Hunter Water’s website for more information.  

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