Water saving tips

Water is a precious resource, so we shouldn’t waste it.
There are many simple things you can do around your home and garden every day to use water efficiently.
Which water saving tips do you practice at home? Search our indoor and outdoor categories.

Group plants with similar needs together so they all get the right amount of water.

garden

Adjust the height of your lawn mower. Taller grass shades roots and holds soil moisture better than short grass.

garden

When washing your hands, turn off the tap while you lather them.

bathroom

kitchen

laundry

Use sprinklers that deliver big drops of water close to the ground. Smaller drops and mist often evaporate before hitting the ground.

garden

outdoors

Make sure that you turn off all taps tightly any time you turn them off.

kitchen

bathroom

laundry

indoors

outdoors

Remember to regularly check your sprinkler system valves for leaks, and to keep sprinkler heads in good shape.

garden

Using compost in your garden or flower beds adds water-holding organic matter to the soil.

garden

outdoors

If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.

kitchen

indoors

Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.

kitchen

indoors

Cook your food in as little water as possible. This also helps it retain more nutrients.

kitchen

Wash your pets outdoors, in an area of your lawn that needs water.

garden

laundry

outdoors

Don’t overfill the pool. Lower water levels will reduce water loss due to splashing.

garden

outdoors

Water only when necessary. More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering.

garden

outdoors

Don’t water your plants or lawn on windy days when most of the water blows away or evaporates.

garden

indoors

outdoors

Reuse leftover water from cooked or steamed foods to start a nutritious soup, it’s one more way to get eight glasses of water a day.

kitchen

indoors

did you know?

On average, each Sydneysider uses around 200 litres of water every day.

When washing your hair in the shower, turn off the tap while you lather.

indoors

bathroom

While fertilisers promote plant growth, they also increase water consumption. Apply the minimum amount of fertiliser needed.

outdoors

garden

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