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Many Western Australian festive celebrations are focussed around water – whether it is a trip to the beach or a day spent around the pool. Then there’s the inevitable washing up after family celebrations.

Water Corporation spokesperson Clare Lugar today reminded households to ensure their family Christmas was a waterwise one.

“Water plays a central role during festive celebrations and many would be surprised about how much water is actually used,” Ms Lugar said.

“Over the past three years, water use has been below target on Christmas Day. Last year we kept our water use in check at 971 million litres – that was 64 million litres below target – the equivalent of 28 Olympic swimming pools.

“From food preparation, to air conditioning and the subsequent clean up – hundreds of litres of water is needed for celebrations to run smoothly.

“Our water use prediction for Christmas Day this year is 1,026 million litres – let’s ensure our actual use is well below this.”

Ms Lugar said she expected water use would still be about 8 billion litres above target as we entered the New Year.

“If each one of us makes a small change to our daily water use over the holidays it will all add it up and help get our water use back on track,” she said.

Top tips to save water over the festive season:

  • Use a plug or a bowl when washing vegies instead of running them under a tap. A running tap can use up to 50 litres of water in just five minutes, by putting a plug or bowl in the sink the same job can be done with less than 10 litres of water.
  • During summer, a pool cover can save up to 55 litres of water a day - cover your pool after every swim.
  • Switch your evaporative air conditioner to the 'fan only' setting at night and on humid days. This will save around 100 litres an hour.
  • Ensure your dishwasher is full before turning it on.

Ms Lugar said using less water remained a critical part of the Water Corporation’s 10-year plan to make Perth’s water supply more resilient to the climate.

“We have saved water before after receiving low inflow to our dams, so let’s do it again, even at a special time like Christmas,” Ms Lugar said.

Key facts:

  • Water use has been around 8 billion litres above target since 1 July 2015. This is water used by people in Perth, Mandurah, parts of the South West and the Goldfields and Agricultural Region.
  • For ways to save water around your home, visit http://www.watercorporation.com.au/

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