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13 August, 2021

Sneaky leaks in the toilets: not good – A Waterwise Tip

THE focus across Australia at a community and local government level is to conserve water and modify usage patterns to create a lasting and sustainable supply for today and future generations.

By David Gardiner

The focus across Australia at a community and local government level is to conserve water and modify usage patterns to create a lasting and sustainable supply for today and future generations.

Cairns Local News passionately believes in the principle of water usage reduction. As a result, we will publish a series of water saving tips designed to lift awareness of how precious water is and how we can with a few simple steps conserve this natural resource.

Far North Queensland water users can make a huge difference to their water consumption, not only saving water, but the money they pay for it too, just by making basic changes to their usage habits without disrupting their lifestyles.


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The best places to start in your household are the bathroom and toilet:

Bathroom: Waterwise Tips

  • Take a shorter shower
  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or shaving
  • Fix those leaky taps. Even a slowly dripping tap can waste up to 20,000 litres a year—water you pay for but
  • never use

Toilet: Waterwise Tips

  • Always use the half flush when appropriate
  • A leaking toilet can waste more than 90,000 litres of water a year. Check for leaks by putting a little food colouring in the tank. If the colouring begins appearing in the bowl without flushing, have the cistern repaired immediately. Flush as soon as the test has been completed
  • Don’t flush rubbish and other waste down the toilet. This wastes water because it can result in significant sewerage blockages, which require large amounts of water to clean up.

 

Your average backyard pool (7.2m x 3.6m x 1.2m deep) contains approximately 30,000 litres, your leaking toilet could fill 3 backyard swimming pools each year.


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DID YOU KNOW

  • Your average backyard pool (7.2m x 3.6m x 1.2m deep) contains approximately 30,000 litres
  • Your leaking toilet could fill 3 backyard swimming pools each year.



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