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Costs will keep a lid on use as water bans stop

SPLASHING OUT: Ipswich Horticultural Society president Dawn Jones warns of higher costs as water restrictions end.
SPLASHING OUT: Ipswich Horticultural Society president Dawn Jones warns of higher costs as water restrictions end. David Nielsen

IPSWICH householders are likely to continue with their water-wise habits, even though water restrictions have been scrapped in south-east Queensland.

The prospect of paying higher bills for using more water should guard against over-use, according to Ipswich Horticultural Society president Dawn Jones.

"We're going to have to pay for every drop we use," Mrs Jones said.

"You shouldn't water the garden between 9am and 4pm because it's too hot and you'll burn the plants

"I don't think people will go silly because they've got to pay for the water."

Households and businesses have been living with water restrictions since late 2009 under the Queensland Water Commission's "Permanent Water Conservation Measures".

Acting Minister for Water Supply Andrew Cripps said south-east Queenslanders used an average of 180 litres per person a day last month - well below the target of 200 litres per person a day.

"As our dams are currently more than 90 per cent full, there is no need for water restrictions," Mr Cripps said.

Water users in south-east Queensland, including Ipswich, can look forward to a one-off rebate of $80 on their first water bill of 2013.

The Queensland Government Bulk Water Rebate is aimed to help in reducing cost-of-living expenses.

Topics:  south-east queensland, water restrictions




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