The utility launched a community education campaign, ‘Local Water Legends’, after combined South East Queensland dam levels dropped below 60% in September. The two-time Suncorp Super Netball Champions are backing the campaign to help spread the water wise message to their fans and the local community.
Unitywater Manager Communications and Engagement Jana Dore said the campaign would be rolled out across a number of channels, and aimed to celebrate those in the community who made positive changes to their water use.
“Local Water Legends is a really empowering campaign that encourages everyone to take small steps to make a big, collective difference to our water use in our region,” she said.
“It’s been a dry year and with dam levels dropping, we can all work together to save water.”
Sunshine Coast Lightning player Steph Wood said the team was keen to build community support for the Local Water Legends campaign.
“In netball, it’s not just about the effort and performance of one person out on court,” shooter Wood said.
“We all have to play our part in creating a winning result, and it’s the same for saving water. At Lightning, we’re encouraging the community to join us in shooting for shorter shower times and defending the region’s dam levels, using all the tips and tricks from Unitywater.”
Midcourt player Laura Scherian said she was excited to spread the water wise message to the community.
“I’m very passionate about protecting our water supply and excited to be a Local Water Legend,” Scherian said.
“Water is an important part of our region’s lifestyle and we can all do our bit to help save water for the community that we love and call home.”
Local families are jumping on board too. The Garlands, of Dicky Beach, say they’re on their way to improving how they use water around the home.
“We’ve started to make small changes to reduce our water use,” Mum Nicki said.
“We have three kids and a pool. We have some room for improvement but we know we can all help to make a difference.”
Daughter Alice, 12, said it could be a competition with some friendly rivalry in the house.
“I think my brother, sister and I could challenge each other to see who can have the shortest showers!” she said.
Ms Dore said Unitywater was thrilled to partner with the Lightning and see residents making positive changes to their water use habits.
“Sunshine Coast Lightning is a beloved team in our region and very much a part of the social fabric of our community,” Ms Dore said.
“Having the team and their highly regarded players on board to advocate and help educate their fans on how to save water, will help us spread that important message across the region.
“We’re asking the community to think about how they use water inside and outdoors, particularly as we approach the warmer months.”
Ms Dore said residents could save water by:
- checking for hidden leaks
- keeping showers to four minutes
- turning the tap off when brushing teeth
- only using dishwashers and washing machines when they’re full
- using a pool cover to reduce evaporation
- watering gardens at cooler times of the day
- fixing leaking taps and toilets.
For water-saving resources, tips, how to check for leaks, visit our Local Water Legends page.