Tweed urged to sign up to Water Night as water use spikes

20 Oct 2020

Sidney Jowett has placed a sign on his tap to remind his family it's off limits on Water Night. Tweed residents are urged to sign on for Water Night this Thursday, 22 October and switch their water-using auto pilot off as average daily consumption hits 199 litres per person per day.

The Tweed water consumption target is 160 litres per person per day and at that rate the Tweed water supply will last 12 months after Council starts releasing water from Clarrie Hall Dam to supplement Tweed River flows.

Council started releasing water from the dam last week.

"Without rain soon, we are again on the countdown to water restrictions and our water consumption rates are sky high," Manager Water and Wastewater Operations Brie Jowett said.

"These rates shout that we are wasting water."

Mrs Jowett is urging every household in the Tweed to join her family and sign on to Water Night to learn just how much we take for granted the fact that when we flick that tap, water will always come out.

"That is not the fact for much of the world."

On Water Night, stop reaching for the tap and instead use just one 10-litre bucket of water for all your household needs between 5pm and 5am (with the exception of drinking water, hand washing for COVID care, religious purposes and flush if you must).

"What we want everyone to learn is just how often they unconsciously reach for those taps. We want them to switch from water mindlessness to water mindfulness."

Late last week, across NSW some 160 families had signed up to support the national water awareness initiative being conducted by not-for-profit water efficiency experts Smart Approved WaterMark and sponsored by Tweed Shire Council. Australia-wide almost 2500 households had registered to participate.

Smart Approved WaterMark's research shows that 55 per cent of people say they are addicted to their taps and 69 per cent would 'freak out' if their taps stopped working. Sixty-three per cent think they could do more to save water.

To register and download all the tips and aids to help switch off your water-using autopilot, go to

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