Water Efficiency

With Western Australia's dry climate, it is important that we all help to reduce water consumption. According to the Water Corporation, 70% of scheme water in Perth, the Goldfields and parts of the south west is used by households. Luckily, there are many steps you can take to become a water efficient household. Benefits include:

  • Reduced costs
  • Helping to conserve a precious resource
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions (due to reduced focus on desalination programs)
  • Reduced time and money spent on water and nutrient dependent gardens.

Water efficient homes

To become a water efficient household, you can:

Water efficient behaviour

There are many daily actions you can take to reduce your water use:

  • Only use the washing machine and dishwasher on full cycles
  • Use a four minute shower timer to help reduce shower times
  • Check all washers on taps and monitor areas for leaks
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway or paving
  • Wash your car over lawn instead of concrete
  • Catch rainwater in a bucket to water your pot plants
  • Don’t leave the tap running when brushing your teeth or washing the dishes
  • Insulate hot water pipes
  • Check your water bills and create a water consumption reduction target.

Water efficient gardens

As the seasons change, so do the watering needs of your lawn and garden:

  • Use your irrigation system manually in spring to take advantage of the cooler weather
  • Reduce fixed spray sprinkler system run time by 2 minutes per station and still maintain a healthy garden
  • Choose native and waterwise plants for your garden
  • Check the Department of Water's advice on saving water in the garden.

Garden watering days

You can find your watering days on the Water Corporation website. Remember to stick to your watering roster and only water once, either before 9am or after 6pm, on your allocated watering days.

Useful links

Water Corporation
Living Smart Program 
Australian Government – water in the home and garden
Fertilise Wise guides for gardeners
Top 10 tips for water efficient homes