Love Water. Together we can.
Water is a precious resource. So together with Hunter Water, we’re asking you to take part in a 4 week challenge to reduce how much water is used in your household, and they’ve got $1,000 up for grabs for the household that reduces their water usage the most!
It’s the little things we do that can make a big difference, so if you think you’ve got what it takes to beat your fellow Novocastrians in the Love Water Challenge, registrations are now open at the Hunter Water website.
The Hunter is facing some of the driest conditions seen in recent years, as the dry conditions persist, the need to Love Water is now more important than ever!
If you’re taking the challenge, here’s some things to consider:
The warmer months are the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors, but did you know that 20 per cent of the Lower Hunter’s drinking water is used watering our gardens and lawns? That adds up to a staggering 7.8 billion litres of water, or the equivalent of 26 million bathtubs of water!
If your garden is in need of a little TLC, now’s the perfect time to start thinking about how much water you’re using. Garden design can make a difference to your water use. By introducing more drought tolerant plants and using mulch on your garden beds, not only will you reduce the amount of water used, but your garden will be better equipped to handle the dry weather.
Using mulch could save 10,000 litres of water a year. Mulch acts as a blanket, protecting your soil from evaporation by up to 70 per cent. Soil additives are another great way to improve water retention, so visit your local nursery to find out more.
Given the current dry conditions, the time of day you water your garden and the type of outdoor accessories you choose will have an impact on how much water is used. Watering your garden early in the morning or late in the afternoon will stop water evaporating from the soil. Your grass, plants and garden beds will also thank you for it.
Using a rainwater tank is another great way to save our precious drinking water. Tanks are easy to use and are available in a range of styles to suit most homes. They also provide you with free water all year round. Using rainwater in the garden saves an average household 35,000 litres of drinking water per year. Next time you go to water your garden, check that your rainwater tank is properly connected and use this water source instead.
Discover more ways you can Love Water at hunterwater.com.au/lovewater