We can all help reduce water consumption within the home with a few simple behaviour changes.
- 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.
Becoming a water efficient household
To become a water efficient household, consider:
- Installing a water efficient showerhead
- Installing low-flow regulators or aerators to taps
- Purchasing water efficient appliances (high rated dishwashers and washing machines)
- Switching from a single flush to a dual-flush toilet
- Using a Council approved greywater system for some of the garden
- Observing the rostered watering days and times and seasonal bans
- Having your home audited for water efficiency
- Joining up to a Living Smart Households Program.
Saving water in your day-to-day life:
- Only use the washing machine and dishwasher on full cycles
- Use a four minute shower timer to guide reduced 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
- Catch rainwater in a bucket to water your pot plants
- Don’t leave the tap running when brushing your teeth
- Insulate hot water pipes
- Create a waterwise garden, reduce water and fertiliser usage in the garden and help to attract native birds and other wildlife. This includes the grouping of plants with similar water needs to facilitate watering
- Check your water bills and create a water consumption reduction target.
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.
Most of us can also reduce our fixed spray sprinkler system run time by 2 minutes per station and still maintain a healthy garden.
Visit the Water Corporation website to find your watering days.