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December 9, 2023

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Water Night was a great way to learn how much we all take the important household utility for granted and Tweed Shire residents are being urged to sign on for next Thursday’s event and experience first-hand how much they rely on tap water.

Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry when we turn on the tap, water always comes out but from 5 pm to 10 pm on the night, Council is asking everyone to turn off their taps and look out for how many times they reach for them.

‘Tap water is a precious resource and oftentimes we are on auto-pilot using it. Water Night is our chance to learn just how often we unconsciously reach for the taps,’ said Cr Cherry.

‘Try it yourself. I think you will be surprised! It’s a strange feeling to be thinking about saving water after the flooding year that we’ve had, but it’s actually flood times, when the natural water sources are so polluted, that clean drinking water becomes even more precious.’

Water mindlessness to water mindfulness

Cr Cherry says that by switching from water mindlessness to water mindfulness, we hope everyone will take better care of tap water. ‘This will help reduce our impact on the natural environment.’

Water Night is a national event run by the Water Conservancy during Water Week.

The event was created after research conducted by the organisation showed only 42 per cent of Australians consider tap water to be precious.

Tweed Shire Council is sponsoring the event and encouraging the Tweed community to reconsider the value of tap water.

Instead of using running water on the night, people are encouraged to use pre-filled water bottles and kettles for their household water needs. The use of running water for health and hygiene purposes is still permitted.

On the night, chat online with Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis and thousands of people throughout the country and learn some new ideas for saving water in the garden, bathroom and kitchen.

Share your Water Night experience – Thursday October 20 – on social media using the hashtag #lifeineverydrop

Sign up for Water Night at www.waternight.com.au.

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