Creativity saves business ahead of tight water restrictions
FOR Southern Downs businesses, it's a matter of every drop counts as the region prepares for an 80L a day restriction on Thursday.
For businesses reliant on high water usage, coming up with ways to conserve is the only way forward.
Hairdresser Storm Lahiff said the drought has been hard on the industry.
“It’s hard, we’re only a small studio, but we’re doing what we can,” she said.
“We are an eco-friendly studio, we have water saving heads on taps, we try to use as little water as possible to rinse colour, we try and be as sustainable as possible,” she said.
This has also meant restriction on services in the studio that Ms Lahiff believes are wasteful.
“We don’t do perms, as it’s a lot of rinsing and irresponsible and we don’t chemical straightening,” she said.
For some, it’s also about educating customers on how they can still enjoy product with tight conservation.
Sue Hoffman, owner of Warwick’s Gardens Galore said she’s constantly advising customers on how to save their plants.
“People should know that any water is better than no water,” she said.
Since the introduction of water restrictions, watering gardens has been banned, so Mrs Hoffman said it’s time to get creative.
“Use your shower water, dishwater whatever you can get your hands on to repurpose and water your plants with.”
Mrs Hoffman said saving the trees on your property is about more than the aesthetic.
“If you keep one thing alive with your recycled water, make it your well-established trees,” she said.
“If your yard has six beautiful trees, they are providing your home with shade, cooling down your whole house and preventing a strain on things like airconditioning.”
“Even if it’s soapy water, any water is better than no water, make it work for you.”