13 August, 2020 16:25
George Crombie

With the combined dam levels approaching 60 per cent capacity, Urban Utilities is encouraging South East Queenslanders to take up their new water-saving challenge – ‘How low can you go?’  

To help preserve water storages, everyone is being challenged to test how limber they are at saving water around the home and garden.

Urban Utilities spokesperson, Michelle Cull, said unlike a limbo competition which gets harder as the pole gets lower, being more waterwise doesn’t have to be difficult.

“You don’t have to bend over backwards to save water, just be mindful of how much you’re using each day,” she said.

“While we all need to maintain behaviours like washing hands regularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are lots of other ways to save water around the home and garden.

“One of the biggest winter water-wasters is spending too long in the shower to warm yourself up.

“By reducing your shower time from seven minutes to four minutes you can save 27 litres of water per person per day.”

Nine-year-old Brisbane boy and face of the ‘How low can you go?’ challenge, George Crombie, is encouraging everyone at his place to be a H2O hero.  

“I turn the tap off while I’m brushing my teeth so I don’t waste water and I have super-fast showers,” he said.

“I also remember to always use the half-flush button on the toilet for wees and save the full flush for poos.”

Ms Cull said water usage in South East Queensland was currently sitting at around 150 litres per person per day.

“If you want to get competitive with the ‘How low can you go?’ challenge, you can track your water usage by regularly monitoring your meter,” she said.

“All you need to do is take a reading from your water meter at the same time every week, then divide it by seven to get your average daily water use.

“You can watch the water savings add up and also save money on your bill.” 

The following table shows how much a family of four could save over a year:

Waterwise behaviour

Approximate water savings for a family of four

Approximate dollar savings for a family of four

Take shorter showers


40,000 litres per year

$156 per year

Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth

29,200 litres per year

$114 per year

Use the half flush instead of the full flush on the toilet

43,800 litres per year

$171 per year

Fix leaking tap

18,250 litres per year

$71 per year

Use a pool cover

36,000 litres per year

$141 per year

You can read more about water saving tips at urbanutilities.com.au/howlow

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.