DOWN THE DRAIN: Residents are urged to report water leaking from council mains or fire hydrants promptly.
DOWN THE DRAIN: Residents are urged to report water leaking from council mains or fire hydrants promptly.

Double standards on being water wise

IN the wake of a reminder earlier this week from the Southern Downs Regional Council about household water restrictions, one reader contacted the Daily News on Thursday to point out a bit of a double standard.

The resident said a fire hydrant in Hogan Dr in Cinema Heights had been leaking for a fortnight and despite numerous calls to council the water was still flowing.

A council spokeswoman said the water crew replaced the hydrant yesterday.

"Council appreciates the vigilance of residents and encourages people to phone council on 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372) if they see leaking water or other council issues," the spokeswoman said

Earlier this week acting manager Water and Wastewater Ken Hale said water use across the Southern Downs last week in the heatwave was particularly high.

"This is of concern since our dams are below the levels that were present at the same time last year with little prospect of them recharging significantly soon," he said.

Council water restrictions mean residents in odd number or no number properties can water outdoors on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays anytime except between 10am and 4pm while residents in even number properties can water on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays anytime except between 10am and 4pm.



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