Myh2o can help save water and money

Published: 10 May 2022

Have you been watching the flow of your h2o?

Water bills, for the period from September (2021) to March (2022), have begun arriving in letter boxes and show that the region’s water consumption is down two per cent compared to the same billing period last year.

Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson said we were fortunate to receive 979mm of rain during the billing period.

“While we have had plenty of rain and our consumption is down, we need to always be aiming for council’s target of 200 litres per person per day,” Mayor Williamson said.

“During the last billing period, our Nebo Road Water Treatment Plant treated 7731 megalitres of water and the Marian Water Treatment Plant treated 296 megalitres.

“This amount of water is comparable to the amount treated for the same period last year when we had the lesser amount of 697mm of rain. So, residents have in fact gone against the trend of using less water during the wetter months,” he said.

Mayor Williamson said residents needed to always think about how they were using water in their homes, even when it is raining.

“Making small changes around our homes to reduce our water usage can make a big difference. Turning off the tap when you brush your teeth, ensuring there are no dripping taps or leaks and having a quick shower are all simple steps to reducing our water usage,” he said.

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 to the myh2o website, 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 1, 2022.