Water conservation encouraged, especially at Bridport

Water conservation encouraged, especially at Bridport

Each year, it is common for the town of Bridport to have water restrictions implemented during summer, but this year it may not be the case.
Asset Management Services General Manager Matt Derbyshire said following a relatively wet spring, TasWater has made the decision to manage the supply of water to Bridport without implementing water restrictions.
“The Bridport community really steps up and uses water efficiently when we have introduced water restrictions for the town in the past,” Mr Derbyshire said.
“We are asking residents, visitors and businesses to exercise sensible water practises, as this, coupled with forecast higher-than-average flows in the Brid River, gives us greater flexibility in how the Bridport water supply can be managed this summer.
“Given this, we hope to be able to avoid water restrictions for the town.”
TasWater will continue to monitor the supply closely over the warmer months. Should river flows be lower than forecast, water restrictions may still be required. This may be caused by extended dry periods.
“If everyone uses water wisely, particularly on the hotter days, it can help reduce some of the pressures and challenges we face, and help ensure there are sufficient supplies for everyone,” Mr Derbyshire said.
"Additionally, we are working on improving the Bridport water supply system over the long term with planned infrastructure upgrades.”
Ways to be water wise around the home include:
   - Brushing your teeth with the tap off
   - Choosing the half flush on the toilet
   - Reducing showers to four minutes or less
   - Avoiding pre-rinsing dishes when using a dishwasher
   - Plugging the sink or using a bowl when washing your vegetables
   - Fixing dripping taps or leaky pipes and toilets
   - Limiting water use in the garden by not watering in the middle of the day.

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