Long hot days and lots of visitors to our beautiful region mean our water use increases over summer.
Whether you’re a holidaymaker or a resident, don’t take a break from saving water.
Don’t be a drip, every drop counts
Meet Drop. He’s helping spread the word about saving water.
Drop always does the right thing. He uses a trigger nozzle, waters his plants in the evenings, and uses the half-flush. You might see him around the coast this summer.
His friend Drip isn’t so careful. Drip leaves the tap running, runs through the sprinkler and takes really long showers. Don’t be a drip. Every drop counts.
Permanent water saving rules
There are no water restrictions in place in our region.
But simple, common sense rules apply to help conserve water: today, tomorrow, always.
Use a trigger nozzle
Make sure all your garden hoses are fitted with trigger nozzles and are leak free.
You can water your garden with a hand-held hose at any time, or any day.
Set a sprinkler timer
If you have a sprinkler or watering system, use it after 6 pm in the evening or before 10 am in the morning. Or set a timer to irrigate overnight.
Use a broom
Don’t use a hose to clean hard surfaces like decks and driveways. Use a broom instead.
If you need to use water (for example, to remove staining) consider a high-pressure cleaner. Or a bucket and a stiff-bristled brush.
Got a pond, fountain or water feature? Make sure it recirculates water (don’t worry, almost all of them do).
Save water on holiday
Heading to the coast for a summer getaway? Don’t take a break from saving water.
- Take shorter showers, four minutes should be all you need.
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth.
- Use half flush. Modern toilets use just three litres of water.
- Report leaking taps and running toilets.
Save water at home
If you’re staying home this summer, there’s lots you can do to conserve water.
- Head to the hardware store and make sure all your garden hoses are fitted with triggger nozzles.
- Add mulch to your garden beds to minimise water loss from evaporation.
- Check for leaks by reading your water meter before you go to bed at night and again in the morning.
- Use a bucket or a high pressure cleaner to wash your car.
Spreading the word, all through summer
We’re taking a summer road trip. Drop is driving his vintage caravan along the Bellarine Peninsula and Surf Coast, stopping at local festivals and markets along the way. ‘Drop’ in, and learn about how you can take a break, without taking a break from water saving.
- Torquay Nightjar Festival – Thursday 3 January
- Tranquillity at Twilight, Ocean Grove – Saturday 5 January
- Mountain to Surf & Pier to Pub, Lorne – Friday 11 January
- Portarlington Mussel Festival – Saturday 12 January
- Birregurra Market – Sunday 13 January
- Apollo Bay Market – Saturday 19 January
- Aireys Inlet Market – Saturday 19 January
- Anglesea Riverbank Market – Sunday 20 January
- Festival of Sails, Geelong – Saturday 26 January