Well, it’s official. The Lower Hunter is, as of Monday, under Level 1 water restrictions.
Applying to all properties connected to Hunter Water’s water supply network in Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Dungog, and parts of Singleton, the restrictions have been put in place in response to the state’s worst drought on record.
The Level 1 water restriction guidelines are as follows:
- Outdoor watering is permitted before 10am or after 4pm with a trigger nozzle hose
- All hoses must have a trigger nozzle
- No hosing of hard surfaces such as concrete, paths and driveways
- Wash your vehicle on the grass with a trigger nozzle.
- No sprinklers.
However, we at Newcastle Live like to go the extra mile, so here are some other ways that you can save water around your house and do your bit!
Double up on the showers
This period of water frugality could be the perfect time to bring you and your significant other much closer together by hopping in the shower at the same time.
Not only are you getting to know your partner in a much more intimate way, but look at you go, you’ve instantly cut down your shower time water consumption by 50 per cent!
No frivolous flushing
That old saying “if it’s yellow, let it mellow,” is more prudent now than ever, particularly if 1you’re sharing a household with numerous people.
Hitting the flush button once for every three “number ones” is going to save literal bucketloads of water.
You might want to tell your asparagus-obsessed friend to cut back a little though.
Make use of the smell test
A method employed by teenage boys for centuries, the smell test is guaranteed to save you plenty of water and time you spend doing laundry.
Is that shirt really dirty? Give it a cursory sniff and if you recoil in horror, it might be time to throw it in the machine but if not why not give it another wear?
The planet will thank you, but those closest to you may not.
Reclaim your weekend – stop washing the car
Goes anyone actually enjoy washing their car? Well, why not use the water restrictions as a valid excuse to do away with this arduous chore and get a little bit of that weekend “me time” back?
Sure, your car will start to look less than stellar before too long, but surely it would also be less attractive to would-be thieves so, it’s a win-win!
Shaving can be a pesky chore at the best of times so why not forego it altogether and go au naturale?
Show your true self to the world in all the glory that nature intended and save heaps of water into the bargain.
Beards are de rigueur for blokes these days and ladies, think of all the time you can get back without having to primp and preen those armpits and legs!