For hanging baskets, planters and pots, put ice cubes on top of the soil to give your plants a cool drink of water without overflow.
Toilet leaks can be silent! Be sure to test your toilet for leaks at least once a year.
If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.
Use one glass for your drinking water each day, or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.
Select the proper pan size for cooking. Large pans may use more cooking water than necessary.
did you know?
70% of all the water used in Sydney is used at home
Collect the water you use while rinsing fruit and vegetables. Use it to water house plants.
While you wait for hot water, collect the running water and use it to water plants.
Applying 7-10cm of mulch around plants can save water lost through evaporation.
Avoid recreational water toys that need a constant flow of water.
Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their colour.
Use porous material for walkways and patios to prevent wasteful runoff and keep water in your yard.
Use a layer of organic mulch on the surface of your planting beds to minimise weed growth that competes for water.
Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.
Leave lawn clippings on your grass, this cools the ground and holds in moisture.
Let your lawn go dormant (brown) during the winter. Dormant grass only needs to be watered every three to four weeks, less if it rains.
When ice cubes are leftover from your drink, don’t throw them out. Pour them on a plant.
did you know?
A 10 minute shower uses up about 200 litres of water.