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17 November 2022

Tweed urged to meet Target 160 this summer

Council asks residents, holidaymakers to save water

Male Albert's Lyrebird in breeding display

Mulching the garden is one way to help conserve water and help the Tweed achieve its Target 160 goal.

As the weather warms, Council is reminding everyone in the Tweed to save water and meet the Target 160 goal.

Water and Wastewater Business and Assets manager Anthony Burnham said even when there are no water restrictions, it’s important for all residents and holidaymakers to use just 160 litres of water per person a day.

“There’s a limited supply of tap water and 2 factors are making it more important than ever for all of us to save water all the time,” Mr Burnham said.

“Another 15,000 people are set to call the Tweed home by 2041 and climate change is making rainfall in our region more uncertain.

“While the planned upgrade of Clarrie Hall Dam will help secure our water supply, we all have a shared responsibility to save water and the environment.

“The most cost-effective action we can do as a community is to reduce our water use.”

Mr Burnham said everyone in the Tweed typically use about 200 litres of water per person each day. This year, thanks to La Nina and the ongoing wet weather, water consumption has slowly reduced with residents achieving Council’s Target 160 goal in recent months.

However, water use in the past 7 days has crept up as the weather warms to 162 litres per person a day.

“You may have skipped watering the lawn; you might have reduced your showers to 4 minutes; or maybe you mulched your garden beds and haven’t needed to water as much,” Mr Burnham said.

“Whatever you’ve been doing, please continue to save water throughout our summer months in particular. That’s when our water use usually skyrockets every year.

“Thank you to everyone in the Tweed for meeting Target 160 in recent weeks. When we each save a little, we all save a lot.”

Go to tweed.nsw.gov.au/target-160-litres to see if you are meeting the target and to gain tips on how to save water indoors and outdoors.


Photo 1: Garden mulching
Caption: Mulching the garden is one way to help conserve water and help the Tweed achieve its Target 160 goal.

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