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.

indoors

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.

outdoors

garden

indoors

Toilet leaks can be silent! Be sure to test your toilet for leaks at least once a year.

indoors

bathroom

indoors

If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.

indoors

kitchen

indoors

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.

indoors

kitchen

indoors

Select the proper pan size for cooking. Large pans may use more cooking water than necessary.

indoors

kitchen

did you know?

70% of all the water used in Sydney is used at home

indoors

Collect the water you use while rinsing fruit and vegetables. Use it to water house plants.

indoors

kitchen

indoors

While you wait for hot water, collect the running water and use it to water plants.

indoors

bathroom

outdoors

Applying 7-10cm of mulch around plants can save water lost through evaporation.

garden

outdoors

outdoors

Avoid recreational water toys that need a constant flow of water.

outdoors

garden

indoors

Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their colour.

indoors

laundry

outdoors

Use porous material for walkways and patios to prevent wasteful runoff and keep water in your yard.

outdoors

garden

outdoors

Use a layer of organic mulch on the surface of your planting beds to minimise weed growth that competes for water.

outdoors

garden

indoors

Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.

indoors

outdoors

bathroom

kitchen

laundry

garden

outdoors

Leave lawn clippings on your grass, this cools the ground and holds in moisture.

outdoors

garden

outdoors

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.

garden

indoors

When ice cubes are leftover from your drink, don’t throw them out. Pour them on a plant.

indoors

kitchen

did you know?

A 10 minute shower uses up about 200 litres of water.

indoors

bathroom

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