Title: Spring Response to Climbing Water Use PT1
Broadcast: 31st October 2015
Presenter: Chris Ferreira
It has not been a great year for rain and our poor old dams as Perth has had one of its driest winters ever and this has given us the worst ever inflows of surface water runoff into our storage dams since records began over 100 years ago.
- Throw into the mix an unusually warm and dry start to spring, we are heading down a pretty dry and dusty path, and already we are using well above what is budgeted for this time of the year as we find our soils drying and our plants beginning to feel the pinch.
- Remember as temperatures rise, so too does the water use in our homes, gardens and businesses but there is lots we can do to curb this spring assault on our meager water supplies.
- We can start with our sprinklers. If we can all just wind them back by two minutes to ten minutes per station, we can lot of water especially if we remember to make every drop count!
- Start by checking your soil for water repellency. If it is dry, add a good quality wetting agent and when activated, this alone will improve your irrigation efficiency by a whopping 25-40%!
- While you are at it, add or top up the mulch in your garden as this will stop your soil becoming hot and losing moisture, saving tons of water.
- Another big area where we are losing water is in dreaded leaks. Get a licensed waterwise plumber to come a take a look as they can quickly spot leaks.
- Reducing shower time to 4 minutes can save a whole heap of water. The presence of a shower timer on the wall could be a great way to remind people how much they are using when showering.
- By following some of these simple ideas, we can make the most of what we have and still have a wonderful garden and home life.
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