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Water Efficiency Program

Water saving tips

Every drop of water is precious. There are small things you can continue to do to make a big difference in water conservation.

A small boy watering a plant with a small plastic watering can
What you can do to help

From inside to outside the home, in schools and at the workplace, we can all do our part to help save water.

Below you will find a few ways you can help.

Water saving tips for inside the home

  1. Fix leaky taps

    One leaking tap can waste up to 2,000 litres of water a month. Often a leaky tap can be fixed by replacing a washer.

  2. Take shorter showers

    A shower can use 9 litres of water per minute. You can use a timer to help limit your shower to four  minutes or less.

  3. Wait until you have a full load

    Waiting until you have a full load of washing or adjusting the water levels on your washing machine can save water and electricity costs.

Water saving tips for outside the home

  1. Use greywater

  2. Cover up your pool

  3. Water your garden with a watering can

    A watering can often uses less water than a hose when watering your garden or plants. A hose can use up to 1,000 litres of water an hour.

Water saving tips for schools and the workplace

  1. Train your staff

    Get staff on board by offering water conservation training sessions, and implementing a staff training program for policy and procedures.

  2. Educate students

    Encourage students to report leaks, empty leftover water from their bottles at the end of the day into the garden and make colourful reminder signs for bathrooms.

  3. Install the right equipment

    Visit Australian Government Water Rating for details about the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards scheme and how businesses' can install more water efficient equipment.