Park swaps loos to save buckets
PYRAMID Holiday Park on Kennedy Dr, Tweed Heads West, is leading the way in implementing water savings and has taken advantage of Tweed Shire Council's recent offer of $5000 to implement water savings.
With 60 new four-star rated cisterns and pans being installed to replace older single-flush toilets, the expected water savings will be about 1.2 million litres per year or about 60 backyard swimming pools.
Council's demand management program leader Elizabeth Seidl said this also amounts to dollar savings, a win for the environment and a boost in the business's green credentials.
"An old-style single-flush toilet could use up to 12L of water per flush, while a standard dual flush toilet uses just a quarter of this on a half-flush," Ms Seidl said.
Pyramid Holiday Park manager Gwenda Byrne said the offer of $5000 from the council and the support and advice provided motivated the park to "get moving" and has allowed them to make headway on improving water savings.
Through the Top 20 program, the council is working in partnership with high water-use businesses in the shire to assist them to adopt more efficient water use practices.
Council has contacted and met with all of the shire's top 20 businesses and some exciting water savings projects are expected in coming months.
"Businesses who wish to start a water saving project through the Tweed's Top 20 will receive a free water assessment, support, promotion opportunities and financial assistance of up to $5000," Ms Seidl said.
"The partnerships will have many potential benefits for participating businesses including saving money, water, energy and the environment.
"By adopting a few simple changes to cut water use, businesses will automatically reduce their water, sewer, liquid trade waste and power bills and help protect our environment and our way of life."
Council's Demand Management Strategy shows that the top 20 high water using businesses have traditionally consumed a combined total of 590 mega litres each year- that's enough to fill 236 Olympic swimming pools.
The non-residential sector includes commercial and industrial businesses such as clubs, caravan parks, office buildings, schools and shopping centres.
These businesses use about a quarter of all town water used.
For more information on the initiative, click here.