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Waterwise Tips

There are many ways to save water, both inside and outside the home.  Consider implementing the following waterwise tips in your household:

Inside the home

  • Take shorter showers -use a timer in the shower. 22% of total household water use is used in the shower.
  • When showering turn the tap off between shampooing and conditioning to save water.
  • Turn off running taps while brushing your teeth.
  • Install aerators in your sink taps that reduce the flow but retain water pressure and use water wise shower heads.
  • Fix dripping taps and remember to check for possible water leaks if you have an unusual increase in your consumption level.  For more information on how to check for a leak click here or contact us.
  • Cover the ‘full flush’ button on the toilet to educate children about the importance of saving water and to teach them water is precious.
  • When waiting for hot water to come through at any tap in the home (shower/sink/laundry), collect the cold water in a container/bucket to be used later elsewhere in the home/garden. You can use this water, adding fertiliser to feed your plants.
  • Use leftover hot boiled kettle water to wash your dirty dishes.
  • Use the water saver cycle on washing machines and dishwashers where possible.
  • When hand washing clothing, save the wash water and re-use it to water the garden and pot plants.  
  • Consider using washing machine powder alternatives when you do your laundry. Several different products are available which decrease the use of water by eliminating the need to rinse clothes as often.
  • Re-cycle water wherever possible around the home and re-use on the garden.

Outside the home

  • Deep soak your lawn. Watering your lawn every night makes the grass shallow-rooted. Water for longer periods, less often, to soak deep into the soil.
  • Improve the soil. Aerate the soil and/or use a soil wetting agent to allow water to be absorbed more easily.
  • Mulch prevents water being lost through evaporation and makes sure the water you put on your plants, gets down to the root systems where it is needed.
  • Water your plants at the base, near the roots and if possible, install subsurface or a drip reticulation system.
  • Dunk your pot plants in a bucket of water until the bubbles stop to increase water absorption. 
  • Plant drought tolerant plants and grass and remove weeds, they compete for water and nutrients.
  • Water during the cooler parts of the day or at night and have a timer installed on automatic reticulation and sprinkler systems.
  • When planting new plants in the garden mix in soil wetting agents in the planting soil to increase water absorption and longer plant life.
  • Consider replacing lawn with drought tolerant plants and groundcovers that will decrease the need to water as often and save water.
  • Collect the dripping water from your evaporative air conditioner to use on your garden.
  • Water the garden only when needed on your allocated watering day.