Community pledges to save more than 60 Olympic-sized swimming pools’ worth of water

Date published: 18 November 2021

Townsville locals have pledged to save more than 60 Olympic-sized swimming pools’ worth of water as part of National Water Week.

A total of 816 pledges to save water were taken, with the group promising to save more than 158 million litres of water in the next year.

Townsville Water and Waste Committee chairperson Russ Cook said this was a great commitment by Townsville locals.

“To have 816 homes making a conscious effort to save water across the next year is an outstanding effort, however we want to see everyone in Townsville do their part to use water wisely,” Cr Cook said.

“The way we use water is especially important in Townsville because we are a dry tropics city, meaning we have variations in rainfall. Because of that variation we all need to be water smart to make sure we’re making the most of this important natural resource.”

Cr Cook said it wasn’t too late for Townsville locals to change their water habits.

“You don’t have to take a pledge to be mindful about your water use at home – actions speak louder than words,” he said.

“Try to limit water use around your home by using low-flow sprinklers, switch off your automatic irrigation during the wet season, or install a water-saving showerhead.

“If you need more ideas for creating a water smart house, hop onto Council’s website to see our recommendations for water efficiency ideas for both inside and outside the home.”

Visit Our Water Smart City web page for more information about being water smart in Townsville.