MILDURA’s water consumption rose by more than 300 million litres since the start of the year compared to the same period last year and Lower Murray Water (LMW) is urging residents to follow the permanent water saving rules.
Victoria is facing one of its driest years so far and Sunraysia is no exception with only 3.4mm rain since the start of the year, against 38.6mm at the same period last year.
In line with the dry weather, LMW has seen an increase to the city’s water consumption in the past few months, including usage spikes when the temperatures reached 40C and above.
“During this summer we have seen some extreme temperatures reaching 45 degrees on several occasions and little rainfall,” LMW manager communications and engagement Leesa Merrett said.
“This impacted on demand at our water treatment plants across the district, with our water treatment plant providing over 3000 million litres of water to households in January-February this year, against 2700 million litres at the same period last year.”
She said while the hot weather was expected to continue for weeks to come, Mildura residents should keep in mind that good watering practices were important not just for their garden but also their hip pocket.
“Applying water correctly when evaporation is less likely to occur penetrates to the root zone to ensure long-lasting effects,” she said.
“It can mean watering less often and thus, money saving.”
During the 2016/17 year, LMW issued 33 notices to customers who were watering outside the prescribed times, with 23 issued to date this financial year.
Ms Merrett said meter readers were currently collecting customer’s water consumption details and bills were expected to be issued in early April.
The bills, which will include summer usage for the previous three months, may increase because of a range of factors including prolonged use of evaporative air-conditioning, swimming pools and more garden and lawn watering.
**The permanent water saving rules remain in place year round. Gardens and lawns can be watered from 6pm–10am daily and a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle can be used at any time.
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