Using water wisely

These are just a few tips to get you started with saving water around the home.  For more, download one of our water saving brochures.

Saving water in the home

  • When you have a shower play your favourite song and try to finish by the time the song ends.
  • Install a AAA water efficient showerhead to reduce usage from 22 litres to nine litres a minute.
  • While brushing your teeth, wet your brush and fill a glass of water for rinsing. Don't leave the tap running!
  • Replace single flush toilets with a dual flush.
  • Check if your toilet is leaking by putting a little food colouring in the cistern. If the colour appears in the bowl without flushing, have the cistern repaired immediately. Leak testers are available from any Customer Service Centre.
  • Don't rinse dishes before loading them into your dishwasher. Use the rinse and hold setting and run the dishwasher with a full load on economy save options.
  • Rinse fruit and veggies in the sink, instead of under running water.
  • Use a front loading machine. When washing several loads, use the sudsaver option and always have a full load.
  • Choose appliances that are water efficient.
  • Fix leaks and dripping taps.
  • Conduct a water conservation audit on your home.

Students watering garden with bucketSaving water outside the home

  • Wash your car on the lawn.
  • Install a rainwater tank for garden watering or connect it to your toilet.  
  • Use mulch on your garden and reduce water evaporation by up to 70%.
  • Only water your lawn when it needs it. Test it by stepping on the grass. If it springs back when you move it doesn't need water.
  • Aerate and feed the lawn during summer and don't mow it shorter than 2cm.
  • Fit a tap timer to ensure you don't over-water.
  • Water your garden in the early morning or late evening, when your plants can get maximum benefit from the water you give them.
  • Use a broom to sweep the driveway. It's quicker, more efficient and friendlier to the environment.
  • Fit a trigger nozzle to your hose.