12 August, 2019 14:29
Mel with hydration van

Visitors to the Ekka will be able to fill up their reusable water bottles for free at Queensland Urban Utilities’ new hydration van.


Free karaoke fun will also be on offer in the Water Zone in the Agricultural Hall, where people of all ages can sing along to our new ‘Bathroom Beats’ shower playlist and enter to win a shower speaker.


Queensland Urban Utilities spokesperson, Michelle Cull, said there were plenty of ways to save money at the Ekka, starting with packing a reusable water bottle.


“It can cost up to $5 to buy a bottle of water at the Ekka, which adds up if you’re buying water for the whole family and creates a lot of waste from single-use plastic,” she said.


“By remembering to pack your reusable water bottle, you can fill up with tap water for free at our hydration van and spend your money on a strawberry sundae instead.


“We’ll also have refill stations and water bubblers around the showgrounds to help people keep hydrated.”


Queensland Urban Utilities will also be sharing water efficiency tips with the community in Seqwater’s Water Zone in the Agricultural Hall.


Ms Cull said the celebration of agriculture at the Ekka was a timely reminder to people in the city that water is a precious resource.


“Water restrictions are still a long way off in the South East, but we’re all being asked to be a little bit more conscious of water use around the home and garden,” she said.


“We’ll be having fun at the Ekka with our new ‘Bathroom Beats’ playlist which features songs that run no longer than four minutes – the time we should be aiming to spend in the shower to be more waterwise.


“By showering to a four-minute song, it’s easy to know when it’s time to hop out, saving you water and money.”


People brave enough to belt out a tune on the karaoke machine will be able to sing along to more than 50 water-themed songs, including Splish Splash, It’s Raining Men and Waterloo.


Participants will go in the running to win a free waterproof Bluetooth speaker, with 10 up for grabs each day.


For information about the ‘Bathroom Beats’ playlist, go to: http://urbanu.com.au/bathroombeats


The Queensland Urban Utilities hydration van is located between the Canine Pavilion and the Animal Nursery.


All refill stations and water bubblers are marked with a water drop on the Ekka 2019 map, available here: www.ekka.com.au/about-us/ekka-map

About Queensland Urban Utilities
Established on July 1, 2010, Queensland Urban Utilities is one of the largest water distributor-retailers in Australia, providing water and sewerage services to more than 1.4 million residents across Brisbane, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset local authority areas. We are upgrading and improving the reliability of our infrastructure by investing $2.76 billion in a 10-year capital works program. Our service territory covers 14,384 square kilometres and we employ around 1,100 people.