Did you know that a single leaking tap can waste up to 20,000 litres of water a year which would cost you around $50 (based on Mid-Western Regional Council's water charges for 2011/12).
Detailed assistance on how you can save water is available at the SAVEWATER website, but the tips below can help you start to save water now:
- Fill the dishwasher up before you turn it on
- Take shorter showers, note that water efficient shower roses can use 50 – 70% less water!
- Shaving your legs before you get under the shower will save hundreds of litres of water each time.
- Put the plug in when shaving.
- Turn the tap off while you brush your teeth.
- Use the half-flush button on the toilet if you have one; if not, why not upgrade your toilet.
- Only turn on the washing machine when it has a full load or adjust the water levels to match the load size.
- To help garden soil retain moisture, reducing the need for watering, apply a 50–100mm layer of mulch. Before mulching, always make sure you water the soil well around all plants.
- Install a rainwater tank as an alternative source of water for your garden.
- Greywater recycling systems allow you to water your lawns and non-food plants with water from your shower, laundry and bathroom sink.
- To avoid a lazy lawn with shallow roots it is best to water less often. Grass will cope better with hot dry weather if you don’t cut it too short.
- Always remember to water in the evening or early morning to reduce loss of water through evaporation
- Keep swimming pools covered to reduce water loss from evaporation.
Did you know that water leaks waste too much of Australia's fresh water. The amount of water you use is measured by a water meter. Your water meter is a great way to check if your property is leaking valuable water. Click here to learn more about your water meter.