Myh2o can help save water and money

Published: 05 May 2021

Have you been watching the flow of your h2o?

Water bills, for the period from October to March, will begin arriving in letter boxes from this week, and show that the region’s water consumption is down three per cent compared to the same billing period last year.

Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson said we were fortunate to receive 697mm of rain during the billing period.

“While we have had plenty of rain and our consumption is down, we need to keep in mind that during the next billing period we may not have as much rain,” Mayor Williamson said.

“Council’s daily consumption target is 200 litres per person per day. Making small changes around our homes to reduce our water usage can make a big difference.

The biggest consumer of water in our region is watering the lawn and garden. Switching to handheld trigger hoses and installing timers on your outdoor taps is one way to make a change,” he said.

Council’s permanent outdoor water conservation measures, where residents can water outdoors before 10am and after 4pm on alternate days only, also help to reduce evaporation losses.

Even numbered properties water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and odd and unnumbered properties on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, with no watering on Mondays.

Mayor Williamson said the myh2o website was the best way residents could track their water usage and avoid expensive water bills.

“As well as alerting you to leaks, the myh2o website shows you how much water you’re using each day and how much it’s costing you,” he said.

“You can also set water consumption targets and if you go over you are sent a message via email or SMS.”

More than 16,000 residents have signed up to council’s award-winning website.

You can sign up online over the phone on 1300 MACKAY (622 529) or in person at any one of council’s Client Service Centres.

All water notices are due on June 2, 2021.