Water Savings Sought

Water Savings Sought

Western Australia Minister for Water Graham Jacobs

Summer Sprinkler Roster Starts Today

Victor P Taffa

With today marking the resumption of a two-days-a-week sprinkler roster for the hottest months of the year, Water Minister Graham Jacobs urged a continuation of the restraint shown by the community during spring.

The two-day roster runs from December 1 until at least the end of March 2011.

Dr. Jacobs said despite some very hot days towards the end of November, the final seven days saw consumption on average being 5% below what the Water Corporation would expect to be used at this time of the year.

“The trend picked up early in the one-day roster of no real spikes in consumption clearly continued until the end of spring which is a fantastic effort by the community.” the Minister said.

“It clearly demonstrates we all understand the current water situation following the worst run off into our dams ever and that everyone is pitching in to help get through the hot months ahead.”

“I am asking everyone to continue to reflect on their water usage and we should get away to a good start to December consumption with relatively cooler weather forecast for the next few days.” Dr. Jacobs said.

The Minister reiterated the supply situation was severe but was adamant the decision to revert to the two-days’ roster was correct, given the possibility of considerable loss of green spaces, investment in gardens and the impact on the nursery garden and tourism industries if a one-day roster continued through summer.

“However, I will be monitoring the situation very closely early in the New Year and I will not rule out tougher restrictions once we move into the cooler months.” the Minister said.

“The possibility of more restrictions if we do not get reasonable run off into the dams next winter is a powerful motivating force for the community to save every drop of water they can.”

Dr. Jacobs said he was confident the community would get behind the Water Corporation’s ongoing educational, advertising and media campaign which was launched last weekend.

“The Campaign has been designed to show people how through simple ways they can each save 60 Litres of water a day right through to the end of March.” the Minister said.

“If we achieve that sort of overall result we will achieve savings of 13 Billion Litres of water on expected consumption during our hottest months which will go a long way to helping us combat what was a huge climate-driven hit this year.” Dr. Jacobs said.