Love Water Campaign Just Might Be Working

Filed under Infrastructure, News ~ by Press on  18 Feb 2019

Hunter region showing its love for water one year on.

There are signs Hunter Water’s customers are contributing to a reduction in the amount of water being used across the region.

Early modelling indicates that people are using about four per cent less water than expected, adjusted for climate variations.

Pictured ~ Chichester Dam spillway in March 2005

This saving amounts to the average yearly water usage of 7,000 households and would enable around two years of residential growth in the Lower Hunter without building new supply capacity.

Despite parched lawns and paddocks, ongoing drought conditions, and the prediction of an extended El Nino with warmer than average Autumn, water storage levels are at 73% and could reach 80% if the catchment receives average rain in the next six months.

The Upper Hunter dams maintained by WaterNSW report Glenbawn 58%, Glennies Creek 56%, and Lostock at 88% .

Well, do you love water?

A year ago Hunter Water launched the Love Water conservation campaign to encourage the community to make simple changes at home, such as taking shorter showers or waiting for a full load to wash clothes, that  collectively make a big difference.

The early indications are that an encouraging number of customers have changed their water use behaviour. Imagine the impact we could have together if even more of us loved water? I’m proud our community is embracing this important message and valuing our precious resource,” said Hunter Water Managing Director Jim Bentley.

As part of our effort to Love Water, we have been working to reduce losses from our water network. In a little over two years, we have reduced leakage by nearly 20 per cent through a range of initiatives including increasing our active leak detection work and using smart technology to detect hard-to-find leaks.

We’re committed to learning with our community to create a resilient water system for our region, one which is robust and adaptive to uncertainties and protects our environment, while also continuing to provide high quality, affordable services.

We can achieve a resilient and sustainable water future by working together as a community to value our precious resource.”

Minister for Energy and Utilities, Don Harwin. congratulated Hunter Water on its innovative and original campaign, which brings the community together through conservation.

It’s great to see the positive impact Love Water has had on customers’ behaviour in a relatively short period of time. It’s a credit to both the community and Hunter Water for its efforts to value this critical resource.

With a continued focus on water conservation and efficiency measures, as well as Hunter Water’s commitment to reducing leakage across its network, I’m confident that together we can help improve future sustainability and build resilience of the region’s water supply,” said Mr Harwin.

Find out more about how to conserve water in your home and garden Hunter Water’s web page:

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