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Be Water Wise in National Water Week

19 October 2020

Communities across north-east Victoria are being asked to use Water Week (19 to 25 October 2020) to start preparing their gardens ahead of the coming summer.

North East Water Manager Customer Engagement and Communications, Brad Willis, said this year’s theme is ‘reimagining our water future’.

“Access to clean water is hugely important to our daily lives, and we all have a responsibility to protect our water environments and resources as well as use water wisely”, Mr Willis said.

“Spring is a great time to think about how we can all reduce water usage and take some of the stress out of our water resources during summer.

“Approximately 50% of drinking water is used outside during hotter months and simple things like fixing drips and leaks around the home or garden can make a huge difference.

“Mulch can reduce water evaporation by 70 per cent and it’s a relatively cost effective option to help keep plants healthy and happy.

“Larger investments like installing rain water tanks, drip irrigation and grey water systems can also reduce water usage considerably.

“If you’re designing a new garden or revamping an existing one, we have lots of useful information on our website to inspire a drought tolerant outdoor space.

“A water wise garden not only helps save a precious resource, it also has a greater ability to survive in our changing climate.”

Mr Willis added, “During the week we will also be taking part in the National Water Week Online Learning Festival in conjunction with other Victorian water corporations.”

“It is a mix of live and feature events, plus on-demand resources that can be accessed online at any time.

“All the activities focus on water saving, water usage and our water future.”

For water saving ideas go to www.waterwise.tips or for the online Learning Festival, visit www.newater.com.au/waterweek.