Wet weather over the last few months should see water rates lower than average for Gail and Ray Dobe who maintain their lush garden with a host of water saving strategies. The shape of their yard allows water to be caught.
Wet weather over the last few months should see water rates lower than average for Gail and Ray Dobe who maintain their lush garden with a host of water saving strategies. The shape of their yard allows water to be caught. Chris Ison

Plants flourish in waterwise garden

GREEN thumbs Ray and Gail Dobe have gone from being one of the Rockhampton region's biggest water users to one of the most waterwise.

Water bills have plummeted across the Rockhampton region as solid rainfall keeps gardens like the Dobes' lush and residents away from the garden hose this spring – cutting water consumption by 3933 megalitres.

Ray and Gale, who live on an acre property at Koongal, have cut their water usage by a fifth in the past five years.

They now use below 400 thousand litres a year, and haven't touched a sprinkler much at all in the past quarter.

Chair of Rockhampton Regional Council's Water Committee Cr Greg Belz said residents across the region had used 3933 megalitres less water in the last quarter than in the same three-month period last year.

Cr Belz said the average consumer could expect their next water bill to be about half that of the same period last year, with the average water bill expected to be just $27 – down from an average of $54 for the same quarter last year.

“I'm pleased that with this year's average water usage for the three months from September to November dropping by 53%, (compared with the same period last year), most people across the region will have smaller water bills this quarter, compared with the same period last year – a long very hot and dry period,” Cr Belz said.

With such a significant drop in water consumption over the past three months, Cr Belz said the average consumer in Rockhampton could expect a quarterly water bill of just $25 – down from an average of $54 for the same quarter last year, and on average Capricorn Coast residents could expect a quarterly water bill of $39, down from an average of $56 for the same period last year.

WATER DROP

How much you could save on your next water bill

The average consumer can expect their next water bill to drop 50%;

The average water bill is expected to be about $27, down from an average of $54 for the same quarter last year;

The Rockhampton district has seen a 3933ML drop in water usage over the past three months compared to last year.



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