Water is essential to life. Every day, we use it for drinking, bathing, cleaning, cooking and gardening.
Reducing the amount of water used in your home can reduce the cost of water treatment and put less strain on our resources. See the sections below for useful tips on how to conserve water in your everyday life.
Outside the House
Being water wise outside means you can reduce the amount of high quality drinking water that is used on your lawns, plants and paved areas. Below are tips on how you can conserve water and help your garden at the same time.
Deep soak your lawn instead of giving your lawn a quick drink every night. This enables the grass to become more deeply rooted seeking out moisture, which will make the grass hardier. Water a maximum of twice a week, but for a longer period.
Use good quality mulch. Mulches can prevent up to 73% of evaporation loss. Mulches can prevent excessive runoff, restrict weed growth, improve soil structure and help put valuable nutrients back into the soil.
Toughen up the plants. Plants can become too pampered and dependent on watering. This means that they will not go out of their way to find water themselves. Wait until the soil dries out before watering the plants. You can use plants such as bamboo as an indicator. When the bamboo leaves start to droop, then it’s time to water.
Washing the car, boat or caravan
Inside the House
Check for leaks
If you have a water meter, turn all taps off before you go to bed one night and take a meter reading. Check the meter the next morning before any water is used. If the meter reading has advanced, and no-one used any water during the night, you may have a leaking pipe, tap or toilet cistern.
A continuously running toilet can waste more than 16,000 litres of water per year. To check for leaks put a little food colouring in the tank. If without flushing the toilet, the colouring begins to appear in the bowl, the cistern should be repaired.
In the laundry
In the kitchen
When washing dishes by hand, don't rinse them under a running tap. If you have two sinks, fill the second one with rinsing water. If you have only one sink, stack washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a pan of hot water.
Hot water pipes and systems