We are in a water crisis, that's a fact.
While other Central Western towns struggle, Dubbo has prided itself on its reputation for always having water.
That's now in the past. Currently, everyone has to wake up and get water-wise.
Chief executive officer Michael McMahon has also announced that the council's operational water use will be audited despite it adhering to level two water restrictions.
The mayor has said residents would start to see "various" parks and gardens become browner.
We have all seen people who still water their lawns, still wash their cars, that's precious water down the drain.
Because we always have had the luxury.
We don't anymore.
We could all make small adjustments at home that would have a significant impact on conserving water.
We can all take shorter showers.
Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
Put a plug or container in the sink when preparing vegetables, washing fruit or washing dishes by hand.
Use a broom to sweep the driveway or an air-blower instead of hosing.
Install a water-efficient showerhead
Reuse water from baths, sinks, or when washing clothes. This grey water could then be used to water the garden or wash your car.
A good option is to collect the 'warm-up' water when showering, running a bath, or using the kitchen sink. Or if possible, catch water from your washing machine's last rinse cycle.
Use mulch or compost in the garden to increase water absorption and the moisture content of your soil. Consider planting a rain garden to capture stormwater or overflow from a rainwater tank.
None of these options is hard to do but will conserve water.
After all, water is life and wouldn't we much rather have a drink or a shower than a green lawn?
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