Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

{'Water Guzzler' Tag Coast Residents Too} {Shows Thirsty}

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

{'Water Guzzler' Tag Coast Residents Too} {Shows Thirsty}

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Byline: Anne-Louise Brown

WE pride ourselves on being sustainability advocates, but the latest figures from the Queensland Water Commission tell a very different story about Sunshine Coast residents.

In short, we are a bunch of water guzzlers, with the highest daily use per person for the whole of Queensland's south-east corner.

For the week ending on Friday, the average daily water consumption per person on the Coast was 224 litres, a stark contrast to the SE regional average, which stood at 165 litres per person per day.

The week before was not much better, with Sunshine Coast residents guzzling 220 litres per day when the regional average was just 159.

With south-east wide permanent water-conservation measures coming into force on December 1, the Sunshine Coast councillor in charge of the environment portfolio, Keryn Jones, said it was time for the region's residents to become more water wise.

"We've always had higher water-consumption levels than other parts of the south-east because restrictions have not been in place," Ms Jones said.

"In saying that, however, I am very disappointed in these latest figures, especially in light of the permanent water-conservation measures that will be enforced from December 1."

Ms Jones said she was meeting this week with representatives from Sunshine Coast Water to devise ways to help the Coast community understand what the restrictions would mean, as well as providing handy water-saving tips.

She said small changes made around the house, such as shortening showering times, had a large impact on overall water consumption.

"When you live in this part of the world, you can't expect to have a brilliant, luscious green lawn all the time. It's a basic reality," she said.

"Every Coast resident has a part to play in getting water use down.

"That message has to get out so come December 1, our water consumption is in line with the rest of the regions'."

From December 1, Coast residents will be asked to "target 200", by trying to limit water use to 200 litres per person per day.

HOWEVER, personal water usage of up to 230 litres per day will be permitted. …

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