19 November, 2019 9:24
Singing in the shower

With the combined level of the drinking water dams in South East Queensland falling below 60 per cent, Urban Utilities is encouraging everyone to save water.

Seqwater, which is responsible for water supply and security in the south east, has enacted the region’s drought response plan.

Urban Utilities spokesperson, Michelle Cull, said water restrictions were not yet needed but small efforts now would help preserve the dam levels over summer.

“If we all do our bit to save a little now, it could make a big difference down the track – we’re all in this together,” she said.

“By being more waterwise, we can help delay and even potentially avoid the need for water restrictions.”

With the weather warming up, water usage has increased to around 200 litres per person per day in South East Queensland mainly due to higher outdoor water use.

“You can make every drop count outside, by avoiding watering between 8am and 4pm, mulching the garden and using a pool cover when your poolCall is not in use,” Ms Cull said.

“Inside your home, you can save water by turning the tap off while brushing your teeth, only washing when you have full loads, and taking shorter showers.

“We’re making it fun and easy to reduce your shower time with ‘Bathroom Beats’ – our new Spotify playlist of shower songs that no longer than four minutes.”

The following table shows how the savings add up:


 Water wise behaviour  Approximate water savings 
 Take shorter showers  9 litres per minute
 Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth  5 litres per minute
 Use the half flush instead of the full flush on the toilet  Up to 30 litres per day
 Only do full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine  1000s of litres per year
 Use a pool cover when pool is not in use   36,000 litres per year

More water wise tips are available on the Urban Utilities website: www.urbanutilities.com.au/watersustainability

To find the ‘Bathroom Beats’ AM and PM playlists, search for Urban Utilities on the free Spotify app which can be downloaded from Google Play or Apple app store.

About Urban Utilities
Established on July 1, 2010, Urban Utilities is one of the largest water distributor-retailers in Australia, providing water and sewerage services to more than 1.5 million residents in South East Queensland. Our 14,384km2 geographic area is made up of the five local government areas of Brisbane, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset.