Charlie May from Charlie May Water Cartage filling his truck  yesterday, ready for yet another water delivery.
Charlie May from Charlie May Water Cartage filling his truck yesterday, ready for yet another water delivery.

Water is precious

By JENI FAULKNER

WATER carriers on the Coffs Coast are expecting a busy summer as water restrictions have already reached Level 4, and they are already urging people to be water-wise.

When it comes to water cartage Charlie May considers himself a dinosaur, having done it for about 20 years.

"I have seen it become very busy over the years but thankfully as the population has increased so have the number of water carriers. There are about six in the area all up," Mr May said.

Over the last month work has become a little hectic but the most important thing this season is community awareness about how precious water is.

"Sometimes we can get funny requests from people," he said.

"They put up a new home and they ask you to bring town water for them so they can water the lawn in the middle of summer."

"Water restrictions are in place for a reason and I have to tell them I am too busy providing others with drinking water. People need to be a bit more water conscious."

Although there haven't been any requests of that nature this month Mr May said he recently supplied water to a man who had moved from town to a rural property.

"He told me he was using about 20,000 litres a month in town and now he would use about 8,000 litres a month," Mr May said.

"Now he is learning how to conserve his water, and this is so easy if you turn off taps and don't have half-hour showers."



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