Ken and Ann Arthur in their Goonellabah garden.
Ken and Ann Arthur in their Goonellabah garden. CATHY ADAMS

Most go with the flow on restrictions

GOONELLABAH residents Ken and Ann Arthur love spending time in their garden, but they are also careful about using water.

“We think the odds and evens scheme works well,” Mr Arthur said.

“We don’t water our plants every day.”

But the couple said they would not like to see water restrictions tightened further.

“Gardening is our sport, our hobby. We wouldn’t want to have any more restrictions,” Mrs Arthur said.

But according to a new survey from Rous Water, ratepayers want permanent, mandatory water conservation measures to be introduced.

Richmond Valley Mayor Col Sullivan, who is also chairman of Rous Water, said the results were surprising.

“Despite plenty of rain this year, there is an overwhelming view in the community that water conservation is very important and sensible measures for saving water on an ongoing basis are welcomed,” he said.

Such measures could include banning the use of potable water for activities such as washing driveways and a permanent odds and evens garden watering regime.

Rous Water has now asked the Regional Steering Committee on demand management to draft a set of possible permanent measures by March 2009.

But Mrs Arthur said people should be allowed to use more water if dams were full.

“It seems like a shame when water goes over the spillways,” she said.

“We conserve a lot of water around the house. We hardly ever use the dishwasher and we take short showers,” she said.

Mr Arthur said they also chose plants which could ‘stand some dry conditions’.
“We mulch a lot as well,” he said.

“But I guess if there was stricter water restrictions, or if they became permanent, we would work around it.”
 


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