Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) will introduce smart standpipes from 17 February in Crows Nest, Millmerran, Oakey and Wyreema for potable water, as part of work to improve water efficiency throughout the region.

“We understand that water security is the number one priority for our residents at the moment,” TRC Water and Waste Committee Chair, Nancy Sommerfield, said.

“This is why we are looking at every area of our business model and are making any changes which will improve efficiencies.
“The use of smart standpipes allows us to monitor our systems more effectively and provides an improved service for our customers.”

Eligible residents will be able to gain access with a swipe card. The change in process for existing customers will make it easier to buy water and use the equipment.

“We’re thankful for the $125,000 received from the Australian Government through the Drought Communities Program that along with our own budget of $230,000 has seen the successful completion of this project,” Ms Sommerfield said.

The smart standpipes upgrade is part of a larger strategy by TRC.
“Every drop counts so we need to ensure we are examining every aspect of what we do in this current climate,” Ms Sommerfield said.

“We recently approved a water tank rebate for residents and are in the process of advertising an expression of interest for irrigators with unused water allocations to support council operations and reduce the impact on town water supplies.

“In addition to these initiatives, the council is continuing to work with all levels of government to explore alternative water sources such as new dams, groundwater allocations and manufactured water options.”

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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