HORNSBY FAMILIES URGED TO GET WATER WISE AHEAD OF HOT AND DRY SUMMER

In the lead-up to a dry hot summer, Member for Hornsby, Matt Kean MP is encouraging all households and businesses in Hornsby to help conserve our most precious natural resource – water.

Mr Kean said Sydney-siders have always done their bit to save water, but with a dry summer forecast, there has never been a better time to be Water Wise.

“Whilst the recent rain here in Sydney over the last couple of weeks has been a welcome sight, the long-range forecast is for lower than average rainfall over summer,” Mr Kean said.

“I’m asking the Hornsby community to get on board with Sydney Water’s ‘Love Water, Don’t Waste It’ campaign, which shows families that the smallest changes inside and outside the house can have a major impact on water security.

“This can be as simple as cutting back a shower from five minutes to four. Try picking a four minute song and finishing your shower before the music stops playing.”

NSW Minister for Water and Energy, Don Harwin, said, “It’s important for all households and businesses to understand the need to act as a community to ensure our city’s water supply is sustainable.”

“All Sydneysiders can play a part in being water efficient. A small change by each individual can create a significant water saving if the majority of our 5 million Sydneysiders get involved,” said Mr Harwin.

“Whilst Greater Sydney still have at least two years’ worth of water in its dams, the Bureau of Meteorology recently forecasted a 70% chance of El Nino conditions, meaning much drier days and higher temperatures lie ahead.

Catherine Port, Executive Drought Lead at Sydney Water, reminds Sydneysiders that “Water Rules are still in place and little actions by all of us can make a big difference.”

Simple water saving measures include:

  • Reducing shower time by 1 minute, and target no more than 4 minutes;
  • Using a trigger nozzle, bucket or watering can when watering gardens or washing the car;
  • Ensuring the dishwasher or washing machine is fully loaded before turning it on

To find out more ways to save water, visit Sydney Water’s Water Wise age at http://www.sydneywater.com.au/SW/your-home/using-water-wisely/water-wise-tips/index.htm

Click here to view Sydney Water’s ‘love water, don’t waste it’ campaign:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzVQTTxCY78

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