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.

Water your plants using a watering can instead of the hose. This will ensure you can see how much water you’re actually using.

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Plant in the spring and autumn, when the watering requirements are lower.

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Hose paths, driveways and other hard surfaces for safety, health, emergency, construction or surface discoloration reasons only.

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If you want to have a shower or bath just to wash your hair, do it in the sink instead.

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did you know?

A standard garden hose uses around 38 litres of water a minute.

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Connect your shower and bath to a rainwater tank to use the water in the garden.

indoors

bathroom

Instead of washing in a machine, put your jeans in the freezer overnight to clean them.

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laundry

Plant fruit and vegetables in your garden to reduce your overall water footprint, based on the high water use in agricultural practices.

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Water lawns and gardens with a sprinkler, irrigation system or hose fitted with a trigger nozzle any day before 10 am and after 4 pm.

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did you know?

About 25,700 litres of water is needed to grow a day’s food for a family of four.

indoors

Use bore water, recycled water or rainwater (as long as the tank isn't topped up from the drinking water supply).

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Use water for fire fighting or to test fire systems.

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water wise rules

Commercial nurseries, market gardeners, commercial growers, landscapers and mobile garden contractors can use a sprinkler, irrigation system or hose fitted with a trigger nozzle at any time.

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Plant natives in your garden as they are usually less thirsty than exotic species. The local wildlife will thank you for it too.

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Put fountains and other water features on timers to turn them off at night and other times when not for show as they have a high evaporation rate.

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did you know?

About 400 billion gallons of water is used everyday on Earth.

did you know?

It takes an average of 635 litres (5 barrels) of water to produce 1 barrel of oil (159 litres).

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Leave lower branches on trees and shrubs and allow leaf litter to accumulate on the soil. This keeps the soil cooler and reduces evaporation.

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