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Australia When the water runs dry: Life on water restrictions as a small business owner

03:07  28 october  2020
03:07  28 october  2020 Source:   honey.nine.com.au

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For Frank Mohun, saving water is just part and parcel of his "quietly green" approach to living. Having grown up on tank water, he has always recognised the value of water conservation.

Moving to Orange in 2013, Frank and his wife Kathryn bought the Nile Street Café, which is situated close to the town centre. But Frank doesn't have to travel far on his morning commute – he and his family live above the café, which means water-saving strategies between work and home are inextricably linked.

With an average of 500 customers coming through the doors at Nile Street Café each week, there's no doubt just how important water is to Frank's business. As we see in the video above, Tanya Hennessy sat down with Frank to learn more about what life on water restrictions was like and how all of us at home can #FinishWaterWaste.

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a man and a woman sitting at a table using a laptop: Frank and Tanya at Nile Street Cafe © Nine Frank and Tanya at Nile Street Cafe

Life on water restrictions

Orange has recently received rain and as such have dropped their water restrictions to level two, however just some months ago they were living on level five water restrictions for quite some time (level five was imposed in October 2019 and wasn't reduced to level four until August 2020). That is why locals like Frank recognise that an easing in water restrictions is not an opportunity to relax their own efforts.

Having seen what level five water restrictions mean for homes and businesses, Frank states that you have to use water resourcefully 100 per cent of the time.

"You're basically using buckets for everything [on level five]. You stand with a bucket in the shower and then use it in the garden afterwards," he says. "It's the little stuff that makes the difference. To even see the taps dripping is [stressful]."

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Drought-stricken and dry

Australia is the driest inhabited country in the world1 and water scarcity, exacerbated by low rainfall, remains a serious issue.

The city of Orange currently draws its water from a number of sources, including the natural catchments of Suma Park, Spring Creek and Gosling Creek dams. But the council and local community remain vigilant around water supply, despite the area currently "looking green."

As of October 8th this year, Orange had a daily residential water consumption level of 131 litres per day, per person.2 By comparison, Sydney residents use about 200 litres of water per day!3


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So, while the impact of drought may not be front of mind every day for those of us who live in metro areas, it is just as much our responsibility to conserve water where we can. Just last year the government announced that Sydney was running down its water supply at the fastest rate on record.4

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Water restrictions have been enacted in many cities and regions in Australia, which is the Earth's driest inhabited continent, in response to chronic water shortages resulting from the widespread

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Frank's advice to those of us who might see water scarcity as an issue that is "out of sight, out of mind", is simple. "Once you start doing this kind of thing [saving water] you learn a few little habits that make no difference to your lifestyle, but make a big difference to saving water."

Turn off the taps

Turning off the taps seems simple enough, but it's crucial during a time when many parts of Australia are still experiencing the ongoing effects of severe drought. Many of us are unknowingly wasting water by doing things such as pre-rinsing dishes before loading them into the dishwasher – which can waste up to 40 litres of water per load.5

To help combat this, Finish, in partnership with Rural Aid, are challenging Aussies to get behind those who are living in drought-affected areas and take part in the 40 Litre Challenge. To take up the Challenge, you need to try and live on 40 litres of water per day and help #FinishWaterWaste by stopping pre-rinsing dishes and running the taps unnecessarily. 6

Share your experience on social media with the hashtag #FinishWaterWaste, showing what you and your family are doing to save water. For every hashtag, Finish will donate 40 litres of much-needed water to individuals in a drought-affected area within Australia.7

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Tanya, who has already taken part in the Challenge, told 9Honey just how important it is that we all get behind a cause like this. "Drought is still affecting them severely and heavily…. I've seen first-hand how the drought can affect people... it's awful."

Each hashtag shared helps Finish get closer to the ultimate goal of donating 10 million litres of water to farmers in need – so let's help #FinishWaterWaste!7

To learn more, visit https://www.finishwaterwaste.com.au/

1 https://www.ga.gov.au/scientific-topics/national-location-information/landforms/deserts

2 https://www.orange.nsw.gov.au/water/oranges-water-supply/

3 https://www.sydneywater.com.au/sw/education/drinking-water/water-use-conservation/

4 https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/08/australian-drought-crippling-sydneys-water/

5 Based on global Finish research on dishwasher usage.

6 While Finish is encouraging Australians to make a conscious reduction in the amount of water, they use each day, this should not be at the expense of recommended hygiene practices, including washing hands often with soap and water, as outlined by the Australian Department of Health. Sourced from https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others-from-coronavirus-covid-19

7 From 05/07/20 to 01/08/21 up to 2M L. Terms and conditions apply. Visit www.finishwaterwaste.com.au for details.

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