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Hoses out as restrictions lifted

Kelly Anderson, 8, Shyla Vine, 5, Makayla Anderson, 8 and Briana Anderson, 6 enjoying the lift on water restrictions in south-east Queensland. Photo: Inga Williams / The Reporter
Kelly Anderson, 8, Shyla Vine, 5, Makayla Anderson, 8 and Briana Anderson, 6 enjoying the lift on water restrictions in south-east Queensland. Photo: Inga Williams / The Reporter Inga Williams

IT couldn't have come at a better time.

Faced with scorching temperatures and high humidity, south-west residents have welcomed the end of water restrictions.

The State Government lifted the high level restrictions last week with dams across the region sitting at more than 90% capacity.

The change means residents can now water their gardens, wash their car, top up their pool or cool off under the sprinkler any time.

The announcement marked the end of water restrictions in south-east Queensland after they were introduced almost eight years ago.

Marsden mother Kylie Bush said she was pleased to hear the restrictions had been scrapped but would keep a responsible attitude towards water consumption.

"Unless the price of water comes down, my family and I will remain very water conscious," she said.

"As we still pay for every drop we use."

During the period of water restrictions Ms Bush said her family adopted numerous methods to cut down on water consumption.

"We installed two extra tanks on our property which we used to water the garden, wash the cars and for the kids to play under the hose," she said.

"We also had shorter showers or even small baths and at times used grey water from the washing machine to use on the lawn.

"As a further measure, we have a tank that runs all our toilets, washing machine and outside taps."

Acting Water Minister Andrew Cripps said Queenslanders used an average of 180L of water each day last month, well below the 200L per person per day target.

Mr Cripps said he was confident residents understood water was a valuable resource and did not expect their attitudes to change with the ending of water restrictions.

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