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How a cheap fix saved thousands for retirement village residents

Sydney’s Water’s WaterFix Commercial program has helped the residents in the village in North Turramurra, 20km northwest of Sydney’s CBD, which is managed by Vision Lifestyle Projects.

Huon Park manager Sue McKindlay noticed a spike in water usage and requested an inspection from the WaterFix Commercial team who discovered a sub metre connected to a hot water heater was leaking at least 10 litres of water per day.

Upon further inspection by Sydney Water, the village’s water usage was 266 litres per resident per day – significantly higher than the recommended benchmark of 200 litres.

Sue said the village saw a “huge reduction” in water usage six months after Sydney Water installed a new online monitoring system to better access real time water usage data.

“A simple measure we’ve taken on board is reducing the frequency of irrigation around our gardens,” she said.

“It’s been a very valuable lesson for us in how to be mindful of our water usage and look at it in a different way.”

Huon Park retirement village is one of 28 businesses across NSW which joined Sydney’s Water’s WaterFix Commercial program in the last two years.

The initiative has saved customers more than $750,000 in total usage charges and 290 million litres of water – the equivalent to around 116 Olympic sized swimming pools.

Source: The Weekly Source

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