Water restrictions have been very tough on gardeners. And likewise on car owners who like to keep their cars looking shiny and clean.
The restrictions have been imposed on us for a long time now.
Initially most people complied willingly with restrictions, as a short term measure to get us through the drought. But years later the restrictions are quite tiresome. And our dams are now full over 50%.
Garden watering beginning at 7PM is really too late for most people. It is dark before daylight savings, and even when it is light, it is dinner time in most households.
The heat of the sun is long gone by 4PM, so perhaps restrictions could be eased to allow watering from 4PM. Car washing could also be allowed using a trigger hose. Both of these measures have just been introduced in Sydney.
Sydney gardeners have also been given a special allowance to water any new plants every day for a month after purchase. That sounds like a great idea – although hard to monitor.
New plants do need a lot more water than established plants, so it makes sense to allow people to maintain existing gardens adequately, rather than letting them die off, and then be renewed with gallons of water in the future.
It would also be nice if the government were able to maintain some of our large street trees which are dying off fast, and will cost thousands to cut down and replant. Whole blocks of trees are dying on limestone avenue.
If Canberra ever manages to form a new government, it might be a good time for them to think about some new and friendlier water restrictions.