IT may have been milder conditions, but Wangaratta used more water this summer than last year.
North East Water (NEW) figures provided to the Wangaratta Chronicle indicate the city’s domestic consumption rose by just over two per cent (23 million litres) for December to February.
Glenrowan, Whitfield and Oxley had more significant per centage increases.
NEW managing director, Craig Heiner, said the majority of towns within the region had slight increases in population over the year which in turn translated to an increase in water use.
Still, non-residential users consumed the greater majority of water over summer at approximately 61 per cent compared to residential users with approximately 39 per cent.
“We’re encouraged that despite another hot summer, water use has remained relatively consistent with what customers used last summer taking into account predictions of regional growth,” Mr Heiner said.