Maranoa Regional Council are keeping water restrictions in place all year round and Council thanks residents for their cooperation in abiding by these water restrictions.
Council has confirmed with the state government that Surat's correct water allocation is 350ML.
Take a look at the zone map for Surat here.
Track Surat's current water usage below.
We know many residents love to keep busy in the garden, so with the current restrictions in place, here are a few tips to keep your garden looking its best:
- Invest in a timer for your sprinkler system – it’s a great way to maintain a healthy garden and ensure it isn’t under or over watered (it’s also a great way to conserve water!)
- Look into drought tolerant plants that don’t need a lot of watering
- Weeds take nutrients from the soil, so if you have time on the weekend, take out those suckers!
- Try adding mulch or compost to garden bed to help retain water.
How to monitor your water usage
For treated water, check your water meter regularly (which is located towards the street at the front of the property). As it is protected by a cover, you may need to remove it before you can take a reading. This will ensure the amount of water you’re using in your household is kept to a minimum, while also checking for any leaks.
How do I know I have a leak?
If you’re checking your water meter on a regular basis and suspect a leak, check the meter before going to bed and then first thing in the morning. If no one has used any water overnight and the reading has changed, then you know there is a leak.
Here are a few tips to save water:
- When washing dishes by hand, don’t rinse them under a running tap. If you have two sinks, fill the second one with rinsing water. If you have only one sink, stack washed dishes on a dish rack and rinse them with a pan of hot water.
- Use washing-up liquid sparingly as this will reduce the amount of rinsing required when washing dishes by hand.
- Catch running water while waiting for it to warm up. Use it to water plants, rinse dishes, or wash fruit and vegetables.
- Insulate hot water pipes. This avoids wasting water while waiting for hot water to flow through and saves energy.
- Use a shower timer. Choose from a manual 4-minutes egg timer or an electronic timer that either attached to the shower wall or showerhead, or is wired into the wall during constructions.
- Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth. Wet your brush and use a glass of water for rinsing.