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Deadline extended to have say on ‘Water Rules’ for Alice Springs – 3 December 2012

The deadline for the Alice Springs community to have their say on Community Water Rules has been extended from tomorrow, to 24 December.

“This process has attracted enormous public interest and the extension will allow more people to have input into how they want to use water more smartly, what they should be called and how they should be implemented”, says Liz Locksley, Project Manager for Alice Water Smart Homes.

“The set of guidelines for smarter water use in Alice Springs is being shaped by the community through workshops, online survey feedback and input from the Citizen’s Advisory Panel.”

“So far, we’ve had just over 100 people have their say via the online survey, however we would love to hear from many more”, says Ms Locksley.

“What these guidelines are to be named is yet to be decided and community consultation and participation is extremely valuable. In fact we’ll be inviting people to come up with an alternative name to ‘Community Water Rules’ at our public workshop tomorrow night from 6.30pm.”

So far, some of the community’s suggestions for smarter water use in the garden include using a broom to sweep drives and pavers instead of a hose, watering longer, deeper, and less often, and adjusting irrigation schedules for each season.

Suggested water use behaviours for inside the house include fixing leaking taps and showerheads, checking for leaks in toilet cisterns and fixing them quickly.

There are three ways to have your say – through an online survey, by joining the Citizen’s Advisory Panel and at public workshops, with the last workshop being held tomorrow in the Andy McNeill Room at the Alice Springs Town Council from 6.30 – 8.30pm.

The workshop will focus on ‘Water Cooperation: How could the Community Water Rules be implemented and used?’ Everyone in the community is invited to attend.

 “We want as many people to be involved in the process as possible. This process will be driven by our community, and so far through more than 700 Water Efficiency Consultations we’ve conducted in homes under Alice Water Smart, the community has shown they are very keen to become more water efficient.”

The Community Water Rules concept will be finalised in February 2013, and launched in Alice Springs on World Water Day – March 22, 2013.

The Community Water Rules are part of the Alice Water Smart project, supported by the Australian Government’s Water for the Future initiative. The Homes and Business project is proudly delivered by the Arid Lands Environment Centre.

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 For further information: Laurelle Halford, 0417 222 211 or laurelle@creativeterritory.com.au