Water Saving Tips

Water Saving Tips

Water saving tips

We can all play a role in reducing water consumption around the home and garden. It not only saves a valuable resource, it can also save you money.

It’s a good idea to keep track of how much water your use. One of the easiest ways to do this is by reading your water meter.

Here's a guide to help your understand your water usage.

Tips for saving water in the home


In the bathroom

Turn the tap off while you're brushing your teeth. It could save 11,000 litres per year, per person.

Install a flow-reducing showerhead. It could save 28,000 litres per person, per year compared to an older style shower head.

Take a four minute shower. This could save a household of 4 people with a low flow shower head around 50,000 litres a year.

Fix leaking taps. A dripping tap can waste 2000 litres a month. To check for leaks tie a dry cloth around the tap, leave it overnight and if it is wet in the morning, the washer needs replacing.

Fix leaking toilets. Check if your toilet is leaking by putting a few drops of food colouring in the cistern. If the colour appears in the bowl without flushing you know you have a leak and should contact a plumber.

Replace your single flush cistern with a dual-flush cistern. It could save around 36,000 litres of water per year.

In the kitchen

Always run your dishwasher with a full load. Dishwashers can use 50 litres of water per cycle so the less you use your dishwasher, the less water you’ll use.

Use a plug. In the kitchen, laundry or bathroom, don’t let the tap run – use the plug and save thousands of litres from going down the drain.

Place a container in the sink when rinsing food as part of meal preparation. Catch the water and use it on your lawn or garden.

In the laundry

Fill your washing machine. A washing machine can use 150 litres of water per cycle so make sure you adjust the water level to suit your wash load.

Use a bucket. If you need to soak clothes, use a bucket instead of the sink. Recycle this water out on your garden.

How to save water outside the home


Washing the car

Use a bucket and sponge to wash the car, boat or caravan and do it on the lawn instead of the driveway. When rinsing, use a hose with an attached trigger nozzle.

Swimming Pools

Cover your pool to reduce evaporation and keep dirt and leaves out. Check the pool for leaks.

Don't over water your lawn

If the grass springs back after you've stepped on it, it does not need water. When the grass begins to wilt or lose colour, soak it well enough to dampen 15cm of soil. Water your garden at night and use timers to turn off sprinklers. Don't hose paths, sweep them.

Mulch your garden

Mulching provides excellent nutrients to your plants and will reduce natural evaporation by up to 75%. Group shrubs and other plants according to their water needs and this will help stop the over watering of certain plants. Consider reducing your lawn area as lawns are the thirstiest item in your garden.

Remove Weeds

Weeds compete for water and nutrients. Mulch will help prevent weeds growing.

Use local endemic plants where possible

Download a copy of the "It's only Natural" booklet. It features garden designs, illustrations and information on native plants which grow well in North East Victoria. It also highlights many ways to save water in the garden.

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