The Gold Coast City Council takes it's responsibility to save water very seriously. That's why they've issued a call to residents to dob in wasteful neighbours. How very Australian. And if they catch you in the act of using a hose - or even just having one connected to a tap - they'll write out an on the spot fine for $150 for a first offence.
There's a glorious irony in their instruction:
Always use a bucket... when washing your car.Even taking the greatest care not to waste too much, it takes nine nine-litre buckets of water or 63 litres to wash a car properly with due regard to avoiding paint damage.
It takes just 27 litres using a hose with a nozzle trigger.