Make 2020 the year you create great water habits

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Walk around and write a list of possible ways to reduce water use in your home and garden. Photo: Supplied.

If you’re finding that the new year’s resolution you made with conviction on January 1 is looking less enticing now we’ve hit February, perhaps there’s something else you can do.

Icon Water has challenged Canberra and Queanbeyan to think more about the water we all use through our Care for Water campaign, and there are lots of easy things we can all do to be more responsible when we’re using water.

Whether your guilty pleasure is long showers, you haven’t got around to calling the landlord about that leaking tap, or the thought of spreading mulch on your garden makes you want to lie down, here are some ideas to help make 2020 the year for great water habits.

  1. Make a list. Walk around your house (and garden if you have one) and come up with a list of possible ways you could reduce your water use. Check out this page for ideas and inspiration if you’re not sure, or see the water saving tips already submitted by Canberrans.
  2. Start small. Pick the one habit you want to change, write it down and be specific about what exactly it will look like – make sure it’s realistic and achievable. For example, your goal might be: “For the month of February, everyone in the family will use the shower timer to make sure showers are no longer than four minutes”. You can also submit your goal to the Water Saving Tips competition and go into the draw to win a $100 voucher every week until the end of February.
  3. Stay accountable. If it’s a family challenge you’ve set, check in over dinner and see how everyone’s going. If it’s a solo goal you’ve set, tell a friend or family member so they can motivate and encourage you.

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    Tell a friend or family member your goals so they can help you stay accountable. Photo: Supplied.

  4. Celebrate! If you installed that water saving shower head – well done! If you remembered to run your washing machine with full loads only – fantastic! Remember, it’s not about being perfect, it’s about small changes, continuing to pay attention to your water use, and making improvements over time.
  5. Keep the momentum up. If your goal was to scrape your plates instead of rinsing for a whole week – don’t stop at the end of the week. Try to build it in as a forever habit. And then look to the next goal you can achieve to help care for water.

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4 Responses to Make 2020 the year you create great water habits
Veronika Sain Veronika Sain 2:08 pm 22 Feb 20

They could start by building the planned but not commenced Mount Tennent dam.

The city will keep growing and it’s silly to think we’ll have enough water if we don’t expand catchment. Several dams, even if not anywhere near full still significantly increase water storage capacity.

    Mikey Moore Mikey Moore 8:41 pm 22 Feb 20

    Veronika Sain Tennant dam option was dropped as the enlarged cotter dam was deemed a much more viable option. The Naas and gugenby rivers have much less reliable water flow than the cotter. Also the enlarged cotter dam did not require anyone living in the valley to be evicted.

    Veronika Sain Veronika Sain 9:17 pm 22 Feb 20

    It was a mistake to abandon it. And their prediction of consistent small water flows because there was a drought at that time also was proven wrong.

    Mikey Moore Mikey Moore 7:30 pm 23 Feb 20

    Veronika Sain gotta disagree with you. Besides the aforementioned reasons ensuring water quality would have also been a nightmare. The catchment contains grazing lands, several public roads and camp grounds.

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