Jayden Burton's dad Paul believes the recent top-up to the tanks means the family has enough water to last about a month - better than the two weeks' worth remaining before the rain.
Jayden Burton's dad Paul believes the recent top-up to the tanks means the family has enough water to last about a month - better than the two weeks' worth remaining before the rain. Robyne Cuerel

Heavy rain brings much-needed relief

SUNSHINE Acres resident Paul Burton was glad to hear the rain on his roof when the skies finally opened this week after a long dry spell.

After 20mm of much-needed rain, he was left with some extra water in his rain tank that should last about a month - better than the two weeks' worth that was remaining before the rain.

"It's better than nothing," he said.

"It will give us another three to four weeks."He said while the downpour didn't last that long it was heavy.

"It was good to see it."

Mr Burton was hoping that as spring continues there will be a few more storms that will further boost his water supply.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned that the dry spell could be set to continue, however, with fine weather expected in the coming week.

Peter Otto, a forecaster with the bureau, said there was a chance of isolated showers on Sunday but otherwise the forecast was for more sunshine.

Faye Byrne from Maryborough's water delivery company JJ Byrne and Son said while residents often hoped for rain before they would need to pick up the phone, it was best to plan in advance rather than hope on a wing and a prayer for rain.

JJ Byrne and Son has been delivering water for 56 years in the Maryborough area and Faye said they knew to expect increased business when there was a dry spell and tried to assist those urgently in need of water to get a supply even if their trucks were booked out.

She said often the business also had emergency delivery times available if people were close to running out of water.

Ms Byrne offered several tips for people to maintain their tanks and ensure they were getting the best out of them.

That included not letting the tank fall below a certain level so that sediment was sucked into pipes, making sure regular cleaning was undertaken to keep the tank system working well and ensuring taps weren't left running in an effort to conserve water.



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