We all know the climate is changing. There are many arguments both online and offline as to the cause of this change (man-made or natural) but one thing is certain – we’re all starting to see the effects of climate change. Recently 41 councils in Qld had declared their regions drought-stricken and it seems we see more often than not in news more stories about water restrictions or stories about dam levels dropping.
With the current bushfires ravaging much of the eastern parts of Australia, stories like this Gold Coast Hinterlands school running out of water and water being at an all-time low in many areas of Australia, it makes sense that people are starting to look towards more eco-friendly options when it comes to the appliances and products in their homes that use the most water.
What does it take to declare a region as ‘in drought’?
Many of you might be wondering what does it actually take for a council or region to declare itself in drought? Well, regular Drought situation reports are released by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. These reports provide information about drought conditions in Queensland.
Combine this with drought commissioners who act as a conduit between the department and the media as well as providing updates to the Government on the impacts of drought on rural and remote communities.
If you’re wondering what almost 70% of Queensland being in drought looks like, take a look at the image below.
If you’re thinking about installing a waterless toilet, it’s a great way to save water in your home, particularly given our dam levels around Queensland are so low at the moment. Here’s some current info to help you see just how low our water level capacity is.
- South East Queensland - 58% (source)
- Wide Bay - 62% (source)
- Ross River - 64% (source)
- Rockhampton - 32% (source)
- Coolmunda Dam - 1.7% (source)
- Bjelke-Petersen Dam - 4.1% (source)
- Chinchilla Weir - 24.2% (source)
- Glebe Weir - 8.7% (source)
- Fairbairn Dam - 10.8% (source)
- Leslie Dam - 5% (source)
If those figures are anything to go by, it’s a stark reminder that water is a precious commodity and shouldn’t be squandered. One of the easiest ways to help reduce water waste is to install a waterless toilet in your home.
Many people think you have to be living off-the-grid to install a waterless toilet or be living in a remote area to have one, but this isn’t true. Many of our customers live in the suburbs and want to reduce their water consumption by installing a composting toilet in their homes.
How waterless toilets save you tens of thousands of litres of water every year
Every time you flush a ‘traditional’ toilet, you’re flushing away somewhere between 6 and 12 litres of water. Combine all those flushes together and your average family of four people will use about 35,000 litres of drinking water a year just to flush away waste.
Installing a waterless toilet will save you almost 48 years worth of drinking water in as little as one year^
Think about that for a moment, in one year of having a composting waterless toilet installed, you will save almost forty-eight years worth of drinking water. Imagine if every home in Australia had a composting toilet installed? How much drinking water would we save each and every year as a country?
If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a composting toilet to help our environment and save water, the sooner you install one, the faster you can enjoy the benefits of using less water and reducing your impact on this wonderful country of ours.
^Based on 8 x 250ml glasses of drinking water per day.