Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Conserving Water Now a Necessity

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Conserving Water Now a Necessity

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Byline: Kerri-Anne Mesner

SOUTH Gladstone resident Kyal Butler is well on the way to getting water-savvy.

Mr Butler has installed a water-wise shower head, planted Australian natives in the garden, purchased a front-loading washing machine, used environmentally friendly laundry detergent and only used the dishwasher when there was a full load and used the economy cycle.

He said he planned to do more including attaching a hose from the washing machine to run grey water on the garden.

"I think there's been a shift in the way people view water compared to the days when I used to run around under the sprinklers for fun," he said.

Gladstone Area Water Board chief executive officer Jim Grayson said even with the good wet season experienced in the region there had still been a reduction in the average rainfall in the past five years.

"While this is great now, we certainly need to emphasise that water is a scare resource," he said.

South East Queenslanders were advised this week they would remain on water restrictions, despite dams above 90 per cent capacity and recent heavy rainfall. …

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