COULD YOU DO IT? No taps to be used for 12 hours in Water Night challenge

Susanna Freymark

Are you ready for the ultimate water challenge?

Rous County Council is urging households to take up the Water Night Challenge.

National Water Week runs October 18-24 and next Thursday, October 21, the challenge is to not to use taps, showers or running water from midday to midnight.

Rous County Council has committed to planting 10 trees for every registration to Water Night from within the Lismore, Ballina, Richmond Valley or Byron LGAs.

General manager Phillip Rudd said Water Night was about households becoming more mindful of how often they use water.

“We encourage all residents to join us in turning the taps off on Water Night. If we can become more aware of how often we reach for the tap and how subconscious this can be, it may offer a new perspective on how often we use water, where we use it and water wastage around the home,” Mr Rudd said.

“Given the recent impact of the worst drought conditions in living memory, and the water demand forecast for the region for the next 40 years, there is no better time than now to become more aware of our water usage in an effort to reduce.”

Water Night also provides households with an opportunity to check for leaks.

Rous encourages residents to turn the taps off and see if their water meter is still turning. If your water meter continues turning when all taps and water appliances are off, this could signal a leak that requires investigation.

Rous County Council is working in association with Smart Approved WaterMark, Water Services Association of Australia, schools, councils, and event ambassador Costa Georgiadis.

This initiative is regionally supported by Rous County Council, Richmond Valley Council and Ballina, Lismore and Byron councils.

On Water Night, using water for drinking, hand hygiene, COVID-safety and religious reasons are exempt.

People can register for Water Night here – opens in new tab

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