ONE bucket of water for 12 hours. No taps. No showers. No running water.
It's a tough challenge that Tamworth Regional Council (TRC) has put to residents at the inaugural Water Night, designed to encourage people to think about how often they reach for the tap.
TRC water sustainability officer Louise Cadell said it's the first time Water Night has run as part of National Water Week.
"The reason we signed up is because it has the potential to inspire residents to reduce their household water use and we hope it inspires people to use water wisely at all times, not just in drought or low supplies," she said.
"It stands as a symbol, that one bucket per family makes us think about how many times we reach or the tap as it's so subconscious for most of us.
"A lot of people don't realise on average we turn on the tap nine times a day, so we're addicted to water."
The National Water Week theme for 2020 is Reimagining our Water Future, to underline the stress population growth will put on water resources and how water might be reused to ensure there is always enough.
Fun, online activities will be run throughout Water Night, but with COVID-19 still in play, Ms Cadell encourages families to still use water responsibly for health and hygiene.
"Hand-washing is 100 per cent recommended, we don't want to undo all of our hard work," she said.
"We urge everyone to register, especially schools we are really keen to get involved to raise water mindfulness and grow that understanding of saving water."
Tamworth, Moonbi and Kootingal have recently dropped from Level 5 water restrictions to Level 4 due to recent rain in the catchment.
Ms Cadell said it's the perfect time for Water Night to keep the focus on water.
"When it rains and greens up the bad times we have been through drop out of our focus, we want the community to use water sustainably at all times," she said.
Water Night is on Thursday, October 22 from 5pm to 5am.
For more information visit waternight.com.au.