Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Water Usage Climbs in Hot Temps

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Water Usage Climbs in Hot Temps

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WHILE the Southern Downs has been sweltering in hot temperatures during the past few weeks, water usage has been creeping higher.

A Southern Downs Regional Council spokeswoman said water usage had been consistently high for the past 10 days.

Warwick's highest day saw 8659 kilolitres used compared with an average of 7000 kilolitres per day and Stanthorpe had a highest daily use of 2306 kilolitres compared with an average use of 1560 kilolitres a day.

Leslie and Connolly dams received 22mm of rain, taking their totals to 12 and 87 per cent respectively and Storm King Dam had rainfall of 80mm, taking it to 87 per cent.

Permanent water restrictions

Although the recently-introduced permanent restrictions allow sprinklers, those sprinklers must be fitted with a 30-minute timer which allows for that sprinkler to be used three days a week for half an hour during watering hours.

Residents cannot water outdoors between 10am and 4pm on any day.

Residents can water outdoors on three allocated days each week depending on their house number, with no outside watering at all on Fridays. …

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