Water saving tips

Council is committed to educating the community on using water efficiently to reduce unnecessary water usage.

Everyday water saving tips that can help you save water include:


  • Check for leaking taps and resolve issues quickly - a dripping tap can lose 1.3L of water per hour. Your smart water meter is a great way to check if your property is leaking valuable water
  • Load up the dishwasher - only run your dishwasher when fully loaded
  • Only turn on the washing machine when it has a full load or adjust the water levels to match the load size


  • Take shorter showers or install water efficient shower head
  • Shave before you get under the shower and 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


  • Keep swimming pools covered to reduce water loss from evaporation
  • 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


Have you signed up for YourWater? Monitor and track your daily water consumption and detect leaks in real time with Council’s Smart Water Meter Portal. Along with daily data on the amount of water being used in the home, customers can review water charges and set up email and SMS alerts to notify of possible water leaks and high consumption periods. Find out more and register for free at yourwater.midwestern.nsw.gov.au

SmartWater Advice

Mid-Western Regional Council is a proud supporter of SmartWater Advice, in collaboration with Smart Approved WaterMark. Explore a range of tips and resources to help you save water in your home, garden and at work.


Calculate your water use

This interactive calculator estimates metered water consumption for single residential houses based on your answers to questions regarding water use in and around the home.