Water plays a major role in the lives of the residents and visitors to Wagga Wagga. The Murrumbidgee River flows through Wagga Wagga and this river system has played a crucial role in the history and development of our region. Today these water resources provide recreation, lifestyle and vital water reserves to residents and visitors to the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area.
Our experience with drought has shown us the importance of managing our water supply and using water efficiently to ensure a sufficient supply. There are lots of simple things we can do around the home to save water and money, and help the environment.
In the home:
- Take shorter showers.
- Install water efficient showerheads and tap aerators.
- Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
- Wait for full loads before running the dishwasher or washing machine.
- Install a dual flush toilet.
- Regularly check for a leaking cistern.
In the garden:
- Keep up to date with the current water restrictions by visiting Riverina Water's website.
- Always use a broom or rake rather than a hose to clean paths, paved areas and decks.
- Use a trigger hose or watering can rather than a sprinkler to water plants.
- See if plants need watering by testing the soil with your finger. If it's damp 2 cm down, you don't need to water.
- Avoid watering the garden when it is windy as you will lose a significant amount of water to evaporation.
- You can train your lawn to use less water by letting the soil dry out during spring. This encourages roots to grow deeper and makes watering more effective.
- As the seasons change, monitor and adjust the amount of water applied.
- Choose lawns and native Australian plants with a low water demand.
Not only do we want a plentiful water supply, but we want the water itself to be of the greatest quality. We all have a responsibility to maintaining water quality as it is our activities that have the greatest impact.
The drain is just for rain!
Follow these tips to reduce pollution in our waterways:
- Dispose of lawn clippings and leaves in your green waste bin. NEVER use a blower or broom to sweep the material onto the road and into the stormwater drains.
- Wash your car on the lawn or use a purpose built car wash. Detergents can easily make their way into the stormwater system and promote the growth of algae.
- Try using natural fertilisers such as home made compost for your garden rather than using chemicals. During storms water transports these chemicals down the drain and into our waterways.
- Use a bin to dispose of your waste. Litter can easily be blown by the wind or swept down the drain by stormwater. This litter then degrades the water we drink and use for recreation. Litter can also harm our native animals who may mistake it for food or become entangled.
- Pick litter up when you see it. You can even take part in the annual Clean Up Australia Day event that happens annually in March.
- Dispose of animal droppings in the bin. Don't forget to take a bag with you when taking the dog for a walk!
- Maintain your car to ensure their are no leaks. Oil on the road can be swept into the drain following rain events.
Council conducts water quality testing of Lake Albert, the Murrumbidgee River, Flowerdale Lagoon and Wollundry Lagoon. This is done to monitor the health of the waterways as well as highlight any important concerns for human health.
The River and the Lagoons are tested for nutrients and Lake Albert is monitored for nutrients, bacteria and algae.
See what the current readings are for Lake Albert here.