19 June 2020

Spring into Water Conservation Measures

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Now that the cold Canberra winter is (almost!) behind us, it’s time to refresh our memories and our watering habits for the approaching spring, summer and autumn months.

This week, Permanent Water Conservation Measures for watering of lawn areas and gardens are retriggered by the changing seasons. The Measures require residents to limit their watering to certain times of the day.

  • From 1 September to 31 May sprinklers and other irrigation systems, including drip irrigation, may only be used to water lawns and plants after 6:00pm and before 9:00am on any day.
  • Use a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a bucket or a watering can, may be used to water lawns and plants at any time.
  • At all times lawns and plants may only be watered without causing pooling or runoff.
  • Breach of the Permanent Water Conservation Measures may incur fines.
  • For more information about Permanent Water Conservation Measures go to iconwater.com.au/pwcm.

Icon Water’s Manager Customer and Community Affairs, Lisa Quinn, said “we are storing more water than ever before, but we do need to value this resource and use it wisely as individuals and as a community.”

“Our total combined dam levels are sitting around 90.6% which is 251.7 gigalitres (GL)[1] or 251,700,000,000 litres – the most amount of water ever stored in Icon Water’s history. In 2014-15 our total combined dam levels was 227.2GL.”

“Cotter, Googong and Bendora Dams are sitting around 100% – these are three of our four dams. For data on all of our dam storage go to iconwater.com.au/waterstorage. The current volume of water in storage is equivalent to about 5 years’ total Canberra and Queanbeyan’s consumption.”

“The 2015-16 average water consumption is 138 megalitres (ML) per day, up from 128ML per day in the previous year. However, consumption per person has consistently averaged 35-40% below levels experienced prior to the Millennium Drought.”

“We would like to thank our customers and community for being mindful of their water use habits, as we all start to water gardens and use more over warmer months. We encourage customers to regularly read their water meter so that there are no surprises when accounts are received” she said.

To understand more about water use and how to read your water meter go to iconwater.com.au/wateruse.

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