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Well, saving water helps generate a clean environment, reduces carbon and oh! saves water; which considering that there are water restrictions being put in place across NSW should definitely motivate everyone to have a good look at how much water they really need to use.

Planting drought resistant native trees improves air quality and reduces water use in the garden. Do something positive on World Environment Day. Individuals, schools and community groups can take the 160 Litre Challenge. Photo supplied

Today is World Environment Day (Wednesday, June 5) and Rous County Council are encouraging everyone to get involved in the 160 Litre Challenge, a water saving competition.

‘The 160 Litre Challenge is the perfect opportunity to take action locally against a global issue such as climate change.

‘It’s also a great day to sign up and get involved with people who are taking positive action rather than talking or reading about it,’ said Rous County Council’s water sustainability officer, Kylie Bott.

Wet ‘n’ Wild

Kids can win a yearly pass to Wet ’n’ Wild while a brand new – water efficient – dishwasher or washing machine is up for grabs for the adults. All you need to do is start saving water and make a video or take some photos of your initiatives.

Schools and community groups are also able to get involved by showcasing how they save water. The most innovative ideas will win a local school and community group a 5,000-litre rainwater tank. 

Don’t be a drain on your environment. Take action on World Environment Day in the 160 Litre Challenge water saving competition. Photo supplied.

‘Reducing personal water use to less than 160 litres a day reduces the amount of energy needed to pipe water to and from households and businesses. This means less air pollution for the Northern Rivers. It’s a tangible outcome for everyone to consider for this year’s World Environment Day,’ Kylie said.

The amount of wastewater treated at the sewage treatment plant and returned to creeks and rivers is also reduced when people use less water. This decreases maintenance and treatment costs at the plant and produces fewer carbon emissions. 

Planting drought resistant native trees that require less water is one idea. Another is taking shorter showers (less than four minutes long) to reduce water and also energy needed for heating.

Get active on World Environment Day. Reduce, reuse, and recycle. One photo of how you reduce water use could win you prizes in the 160 Litre Challenge competition,’ said Kylie.

Planting drought resistant native trees at Rocky Creek Dam. Photo supplied

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