Use sprinklers that deliver big drops of water close to the ground. Smaller drops and mist often evaporate before hitting the ground.
Make sure that you turn off all taps tightly any time you turn them off.
Using compost in your garden or flower beds adds water-holding organic matter to the soil.
Wash your pets outdoors, in an area of your lawn that needs water.
Don’t overfill the pool. Lower water levels will reduce water loss due to splashing.
Water only when necessary. More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering.
Don’t water your plants or lawn on windy days when most of the water blows away or evaporates.
While fertilisers promote plant growth, they also increase water consumption. Apply the minimum amount of fertiliser needed.
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.
Applying 7-10cm of mulch around plants can save water lost through evaporation.
Avoid recreational water toys that need a constant flow of water.
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.
Use sprinklers or watering systems to establish new lawn and gardens at any time for the first 14 days.
Hose paths, driveways and other hard surfaces for safety, health, emergency, construction or surface discoloration reasons only.
did you know?
A standard garden hose uses around 38 litres of water a minute.