Southern Wheatbelt residents encouraged to take advantage of showerhead and rain tank offers

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Water Corporation Great Southern regional manager Adrian Stewart at Quickup Dam, Denmark.
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Water Corporation is offering southern Wheatbelt residents new showerheads and a rebate on rainwater tanks or plumbing to help save water across the region.

The Showerhead Swap program gives residents in Cranbrook, Lake Grace, Newdegate, Kulin, Nyabing, Pingrup, Gnowangerup and Kondinin the chance to exchange two old showerheads for new water-efficient models.

More than 80 households across the southern Wheatbelt and Great Southern regions have swapped out 106 old showerheads since October last year, according to the Water Corporation.

Swapping those showerheads saves about 1.72 million litres of water a year — the equivalent of 40 backyard swimming pools.

Water Corporation regional manager Adrian Stewart encouraged households to take advantage of the free program.

“Showers make up more than a fifth of total household water use. By simply switching to water-efficient showerheads, households can save up to 20,000L of water each year,” he said.

“Saving water doesn’t stop once you have made the swap to a Waterwise showerhead.

“We encourage everyone to keep up their great water-saving habits by also limiting showers to four minutes or less.”’

Water Corporation’s Waterwise program offers a rebate on new rainwater tanks or the cost of plumbing from an existing tank into a washing machine or toilet.

The offer is available to residents in Cranbrook, Lake Grace, Newdegate, Kulin, Nyabing, Pingrup, Gnowangerup, Kondinin and Jerramungup.

Mr Stewart said the lead-up to winter was a good time to make the switch to rainwater.

“Despite a wet winter last year, the Great Southern is still one of the most climate-impacted parts of the world,” he said.

“Rainwater tanks help reduce dependency on scheme water, and when plumbed into toilets or washing machines they can save up to a fifth on the average household water use.

“It’s important we do what we can to save our most precious resource.”

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