Water Sources

Segment: Water Sources
Episode: Autumn 2020, Ep 1
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane
TX Date: 22 February 2020

Water is one of our most precious resources and using it wisely can be vitally important for home and garden safety. Trevor talks through some steps to take.

  • Trev suggests Supply Diversity to manage water resources on your property.
  • Ground water is a finite resource, so being cautious with how much you use is important but it is an important supply source.
  • Rainwater is something we should all be capturing, it’s a resource that is often sent to storm water drains and lost to the soil of our gardens. But rainwater is a great source for toilets, washing machines and dishwaters.
  • Recycled water is fabulous for the garden. Grey water or black water are both treated water sources that take all liquids from your home and run them through a treatment process before distributing the treated water in our gardens.
  • However, be careful not to use recycled water in your veggie patches!
  • Scheme water, the water that comes off the tap, can make gardening expensive, and if supplies are short, it’s scheme water that will be restricted. Typically a garden watered with scheme water should be watered twice a week and deliver about 10mm to the soil around the drip zone.
  • When it comes to fires, if you have a swimming pool, get an independent pump, block your gutters, and pump the roof with water from the pool! This will help stop damage from ember attacks.