Water use slashed by 40 per cent

ROCKHAMPTON residents have turned over a new dry leaf ? literally.

It seems the city has slashed its water usage by a staggering 40% compared with August last year.

New figures released from Fitzroy River Water show that last month we consumed 43.5 megalitres a day, which was 29.9 Ml per day less than last August.

The trend was also evident in July with 44.5 Ml used daily, compared with 65.8 Ml for last July.

Fitzroy River Water general manager Neil Hanschen said while some of the reduction could be attributed to better rainfall this year, he believed people were more water-wise.

"People are repairing their leaky taps and showers,'' he said.

"There's been a higher level of maintenance and people have replaced their water-hungry infrastructure.''

But rain or no rain, Mr Hanschen said the city's sewer flows were definite proof that residents were not using as much water.

"The flows in our sewers are down 10%.

"The sewer is a clear indication that people have got the message.''

Mr Hanschen said while he could not say if the city's first impending water bills were behind the sudden drop in consumption, he believed the water meters had raised awareness.

"When people are presented with the cost of anything, they manage that cost.

"The meters have just brought consumption to people's attention.

"Everyone is aware that wasting water makes no one better off.



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