Human use of water is increasingly placing demands on freshwater resources. Conserving water means keeping, holding, maintaining, preserving and economising human use of water – a local and a global issue.
On average, each person in Australia uses 200 litres of water a day so locally, water conservation starts with you in your own home, your school and your community.
Being Water Wise
There are many simple things you can do around your home and garden to conserve water.
Ideas for your home
- Get to know your water meter. If the numbers on it are turning while no water is being used in your home, you could have a leak.
- Check for leaking taps. Fixing a leaking tap is an easy way to use less water. One leaking tap can waste up to 2,000 litres a month. Replace washers as soon as taps begin to leak.
- Most leaks get worse over time, so maintenance and quick repairs are key to reducing the cost of leaks.
- Check for, and repair any leaking pipes. Constant damp patches in the garden, particularly during dry periods could indicate a hidden underground leak.
- Use water efficient products.
- Install water efficient taps or make your current taps water efficient by installing flow regulating aerators.
- Look for a front-loading washing machine with at least 4-and-a-half stars when you buy a new washing machine.
- Choose a dishwasher with a 5-star rating for sparkling dishes and a lower water bill.
- Install a 3-star rated showerhead and you’ll save water and energy by using less hot water.
Water efficient behaviours
- Always wash vegetables in a half-filled sink.
- Keep a bottle of water in the fridge for drinking instead of running the tap until the water is cool.
- Thaw food in the fridge or microwave instead of under running water.
- Wait until you have a full load in your dishwasher or washing machine and use the economy mode. This can save you water and energy.
- When shaving, rinse your razor in the sink. Rinsing it under a running tap wastes lots of water.
- Turn the tap off while you brush your teeth. Simply wet your toothbrush before you begin and use a glass of water to rinse your mouth.
In your garden
- Choose the right plants and soil for your area.
- Use compost to improve your soil. Maybe make your own!
- Water the base of your plants, not the leaves.
- Place plants with similar water needs together.
- Mulch your gardens to reduce moisture loss and weeds. Lawn clippings are a great, free mulch.
- Plant local native varieties and other water wise plants that attract wildlife and need less maintenance and watering.
- Try not to cut lawns too short. Cut only the top third off the length, leaving it three centimetres or higher.
- Water your garden in the early morning or evening to reduce water loss through evaporation.
- Wash your car on the lawn instead of the driveway.
- Use a broom, rake, outdoor blower or vacuum. Don’t hose paths, patios or driveways.
- Check your outdoor taps and pipes for leaks regularly. Just one dripping tap can waste up to 2,000 litres a month.