It was a refreshing change to have several days of rain last week. Brisbane has been on water restrictions, which were lifted slightly in April. Most people I spoke to wanted the restrictions to stay for a little while longer, because at that stage the dams were only half full. Now the dams are reaching three quarters full – I wonder when the drought will be officially declared over?
Matt dutifully tracks the rainfall in a gauge he got for Christmas. It’s not unusual for our garden to not receive a drop of rainfall for six weeks at a stretch.
We started this year on a target of 170 litres of mains water per person per day, and now the government has relaxed the target a little to 200 litres. We were pleased to discover that our water consumption is half the average target.
The hose pipe ban has also been lifted. We’re now able to use mains water on alternate days to water the garden, wash the car and general outdoor cleaning. My relatives in Toowoomba were on even stricter restrictions. They have been using buckets to water their garden, and complaining of “level 5 shoulder injuries”.