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Public consultation for Alice Springs’ Community Water Rules starts today - 22 October 2012

Starting today, Alice Springs residents will have a say in how their water is used into the future as community consultation to develop a set of Community Water Rules begins.

 Residents are invited to decide what the Rules should be via an on-line survey, or at one of three public workshops on 23 October, 12 November or 4 December.

 The on-line survey is available at, will take around ten minutes to complete and asks residents which water smart actions they would be prepared to commit to – in the home, in the garden, and in business.

 Alice Water Smart Homes and Business Project manager Liz Locksley said, “The Rules could be actions such as not watering in the middle of the day, fixing leaks quickly, upgrading appliances and installing water efficient taps and showerheads.”

 “The survey starts with a graph of where the biggest water saving opportunities are, gathered from the 560 home Water Efficiency Consultations we’ve conducted so far.”

 “We have found that changing garden watering schedules and garden design makes up 50% of potential water savings in homes, followed by fixing leaks (25%), and reducing lawn area (6%).”

 “We also want people to comment on what bugs them about the way water is currently used in Alice Springs and how the Rules might be implemented.”

 Residents can also post views on the Alice Water Smart Facebook page or use Twitter, with the hash tag #AliceWaterRules.

 The following public workshops will be held in the Andy McNeill Room at the Alice Springs Town Council:

 •       Tues 23 Oct 6.30pm - Valuing our water: Why the Community Water Rules are important

•       Mon 12 Nov 6.30pm - Saving our water: What water practices and behaviours should be

          included in the Rules?

•       Tues 4 Dec 6.30pm - Water Cooperation: How should the Rules be implemented and used?

 All survey responses and submissions will be considered by a Citizens Advisory Panel, who will choose the final set of Rules and how they are to be implemented.

 The nomination period to join the Panel has been extended until the end of National Water Week on 27th October.

 “We want as broad a cross section of people as possible, including representatives from the Town Council and indigenous communities.” Liz Locksley said.

The town-wide Community Water Rules will be adopted in March 2013 as Alice Springs’ contribution to the International Year of Water Cooperation.Alice Water Smart is supported by the Australian Government Water for the Future initiative.


 For further information contact Laurelle Halford from Creative Territory on 0417 222 211 or