Australians use more water per person than any other nation in the world. This is despite living on the driest inhabited continent on the planet! By making a few simple changes to the way we do things we can all reduce our water use AND save money on household energy and water bills!
This graph shows where water is used in the typical home in NSW:
Water restrictions in Sydney have recently been eased - but limiting and reducing our water use can still have important environmental benefits.
5 simple things you can do in your home
1. Don't leave the tap running while you brush your teeth or shave
2. Use a plug when washing & rinsing dishes in the sink (this is good idea for rinsing
3. Wait until you have a full load before you run your washing machine or
5. Take shorter showers. Reducing your showering time by just 1 minute will save
5 simple things you can do in your garden
1. Compost and mulch your gardens to help prevent water loss.
2. Install a rainwater tank and use the water on your garden or to flush your toilet.
3. Plant local native varieties and other water wise plants, which require less maintenance and watering.
4. Wash your car on the lawn. This not only saves water but also helps to prevent detergents from entering our rivers.
5. Water your garden in the early morning or late evening to reduce water loss through evaporation
To find out more about water issues, planning and water saving initiatives in NSW go to the NSW Metropolitan Water Directorate website.
1. Install AAA rated showerheads, they save you around 10 litres of water per minute
2. Take shorter showers.
3. Keep a container of water in the fridge so that you won't need to run the water down the sink until it is cool enough to drink.
4. Check for leaks in taps, pipes and dishwasher hoses. Just one leaking tap can waste more than 2,000 litres of water per month.
5. Install a dual flush toilet and reduce your water use by 6 litres per flush or install flush restrictors on your existing toilet.
6. Water the roots and soil around plants rather than spraying the flowers and leaves. This is better for the plants and will reduce water wasted through evaporation.
7. Purchase whitegoods that have higher energy and water saving ratings.
8. Automatic dishwashers can use up to 40 litres of water per load. By purchasing a dishwasher with at least a AAA rating you can reduce the water used to 18 litres per load.
9. Install a drip or micro-irrigation system. They cut wastage by making sure the water goes only where you need it.
10. When planting new garden beds, group plants with similar watering needs together.
11. Water using a watering can or trigger nozzle on your hose. This helps you to control where the water is going and that your plants are getting the right amount.
12. Instead of hosing paths and driveways, use a broom. You'll be able to save up to 18 litres of water per minute.
13. Consider installing a greywater reuse system to irrigate your garden
14. Incorporate Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) features into your home and garden.