WELCOME rains have fallen over much of our district over the past few months, quenching parched paddocks.
But as the planet warms, Australia faces a dwindling water supply.
National Water Week, held every third week in October, aims to build awareness around the value of water.
The wet stuff may be one of the most common substances on earth, however, it is a tremendously valuable resource as it is vital to life, the economy and welfare of farmers.
The theme of this year's week-long event, organised by the Australian Water Association, is Reimagining our Water Future.
Our growing population is bound to put more stress on our water resources, so organisers are calling for us all to rethink the way we use and reuse water to ensure there's enough of it in the future.
They pose the questions, How can we rethink our current water practices to help conserve valuable water resources? What can we do as individuals and as communities to inspire a more sustainable water future? Now is the perfect time to start thinking about this and how, as individuals, we use water at home, with potentially challenging times ahead.
We can all make changes to save water and do our bit to ease pressure on current resources.
While you wait for the shower to heat, catch the cold water in a container for use on outside plants or to flush your toilet with.
Check toilets for leaks or get a qualified plumber to do so. Fix those leaky taps. Even a slowly dripping faucet can waste up to 20,000 litres a year-water you pay for but never use.
An easy one is to turn off the tap while brushing teeth. While shaving fill the bottom of the sink with a couple of inches of water instead.
Rinse hand-washed dishes by filling one sink with rinse water not by running water. Like with your dishes, fill a sink or bowl and rinse vegetables that way too.
Keep drinking water in the fridge as this will mean no more running tap water to cool each time you want a drink.
Only use your dishwasher and washing machine with full loads to optimise water usage, or change the settings to suit the load.
Plant a 'water-wise' garden using plants with low water requirements. What better range to choose from than native plants; your wildlife will thank you for it.
Use mulch around trees and plants to slow evaporation.
Keep your lawns longer by setting the lawnmower blades a notch higher, and this will again lessen evaporation. If you have to wash your car, do it on the lawn so you can water at the same time.
For more information, awa.asn.au.