It’s time to save water, towns are told

BRIGHT, Porepunkah and Wandiligong have been urged to curb water use as the heat takes a toll on supplies.

North East Water said yesterday it was closely monitoring water levels in the Upper Ovens River as hot and dry conditions continued.

Executive manager of operations John Day said North East Water was focused on raising awareness.

“Daily flows are being observed in relation to trigger points for possible water restrictions, but under our drought response plan these trigger points haven’t been met,” he said.

“Communities connected to the Bright system are being urged to voluntarily conserve their water use for domestic purposes.”

Residents are asked to:

- Check they have no leaking taps or running toilets;

- Be careful to avoid over-watering their gardens;

- Make sure automatic sprinkler systems are working properly; and

- Not hose footpaths and driveways.

Mr Day said conserving water could help postpone restrictions.

“We look forward to the completion of the new Bright off-river water storage, which will reduce the likelihood of water restrictions in the future,” he said.

“Construction of the storage is on schedule, with the foundations largely prepared.”