Make A Splash Into National Water Week

By Rachel Hardy

Make A Splash Into National Water Week

National Water Week is organised by the Australian Water Association to inspire individuals, communities and organisations to build awareness around the value of our water.

We are lucky to live in a country that has access to clean water and it is important to us all to protect our water environment. Living and operating our farm near Mt Larcom has really driven home for me the absolute importance of water and the infrastructure needed to deliver water security.

The average Australian household uses around 200 litres of drinking water per person per day. Therefore our conservation of water is important to help protect and preserve our wildlife, minimise the effects of drought and water shortages, save energy and save money.

There are a few tips to save water around the home
• Check your toilet doesn’t have any leaks
• Take shorter showers
• Install water-saving showerheads or flow restrictors
• Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving
• Use your dishwasher only when you have a full load
• Carry regular checks on pipes, hoses and faucets for leaks

We as a community don’t realise the importance of water until we don’t have access to this vital commodity. Just last year we had towns very close to Gladstone without water. Water supply and security are critical to Gladstone and in particular our regional communities, where agriculture and primary industries contribute around $60 billion to our economy each year.

We are fortunate that the Australian government is very much committed to delivering water infrastructure projects. The Government has developed a comprehensive water infrastructure plan to increase water supply and reliability to make our water supply network more resilient to drought.

It is clear that water is needed for the survival of society. This is why water should be used sparingly to ensure that we do not run out of water in future. Water catchment areas should be protected to avoid encroachment by human beings. People should be encouraged to plant more trees which play an important part in the formation of rain that will provide us with more water for use by our society.

So this week I set you all a challenge- incorporate one thing in your household or place of work to save water and think about our use of this vital commodity that we take for granted at times.