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.

Keep water in the fridge rather than waiting for the water to cool from the tap.

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Wash your vegetables and rinse dishes in a plugged sink or basin – not under a running tap.

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Wait for a full load of washing before reaching for the detergent.

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Use the half flush when flushing the toilet.

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Make sure your dishwasher is full before using.

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A small drip from a tap can waste as much as 128 litres of water a day.

Use a plug rather than running water to rinse your razor, brush your teeth or wash your face.

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Plant for the climate & soil in your area.

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Keep your showers to four minutes.

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Install a WELS rated water saving showerhead and save on water and energy costs.

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Use watering cans or trigger nozzles on hoses so that you water the areas that need it.

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Water your garden before 10 am or after 4 pm to reduce water loss through evaporation.

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Wash your car with a trigger nozzle on the lawn so that you water and fertilise the grass at the same time.

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Remove weeds as soon as they sprout – they take water away from your plants.

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Water each plants’ roots, not the leaves.

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Scrape your dishes, rather than rinsing, before putting into the dishwasher.

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Use a cover to save half your pool water from evaporating each year.

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Always use a broom or rake rather than a hose to clean your driveways and hard surfaces.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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Insulate your hot water pipes. This will save time waiting for water to heat up.

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Australia is the driest inhabited continent on Earth and yet despite this scarcity of water, Australians are among the highest consumers of water per capita in the world.

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Opt for the eco setting on your dishwasher or washing machine whenever possible.

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Bathroom water is perfect for reusing in the garden, so save everything you can.

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Whenever possible opt for a shower rather than a bath to save water.

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Only wash dirty clothes, towels, and bedding. Try to get as much use out of them before putting in the wash.

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When you give your pet fresh water, don’t throw the old water down the drain. Use it to water your trees or shrubs.

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Opt for a front loader instead of a top loader and check the WELS rating next time you’re shopping for a washing machine.

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Place rocks and mulch around the base of your plants to decrease evaporation.

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When planting, opt for denser soil that will retain more water.

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Install a rainwater tank with a level indicator so you can tell how much water is in your tank at a time.

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People responsible for the maintenance of community gardens, bowling greens, cricket wickets, golf tees and greens, croquet, hockey, tennis and racing surfaces can use a sprinkler, irrigation system or hose fitted with a trigger nozzle at any time.

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Ensure all water features use recirculating pumps to reuse the water.

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Plant water lilies in fountains as the leaves cover the pool and help to prevent evaporation.

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Spot clean your car rather than washing everything.

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Use sprinklers or watering systems to establish new lawn and gardens at any time for the first 14 days.

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Connect your entire gutter system to a rainwater tank and ensure the entire surface area of your roof has a gutter system to collect the most water possible. The larger the surface area, the more water you can collect.

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When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your non-edible plants.

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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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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.

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

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

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

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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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Human bones are 31% water.

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Less than 1% of the water supply on earth can be used as drinking water.

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A person can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water. If a human does not absorb enough water dehydration is the result.

Only wash your jeans every four or five wears, because anything else will fade the dye.

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A good quality mulch will protect your garden, reduce evaporation and keep the moisture around plant roots. It’s also a great way to stop weeds.

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Your body needs a regular supply of clean water to survive. The human body is made up of 50 to 75% water. Every cell, tissue and organ uses water to work correctly.

Wash vehicles, trailers, boats or buildings using a bucket, high pressure cleaning equipment or a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle.

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It takes 160 litres of water to produce an average banana and 15,400 litres per kilo of beef.

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The meals that you eat each day take huge amounts of water to produce.

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Australia uses around 25,000 gigalitres of water per annum - which is equivalent to 50 Sydney Harbours.

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Bottled water can be more than 1,800 times more expensive than tap water.

Reuse the water in your hot water bottle when refilling it or use it to water your plants.

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Thaw frozen foods in the fridge or microwave instead of under running water.

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It takes three litres of tap water to produce one litre of bottled water.

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The average Australian drinks 30 litres of bottled water per year.

Aerate your lawn. Holes every six inches will allow water to reach the roots, rather than run off the surface.

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Australia is the world's driest inhabited continent. 70% of our land is arid.

Check for leaking taps and toilets around your home.

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Opt for trickling or cascading fountains as they evaporate less water than water features that spray into the air.

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The average annual rainfall in Australia of around 470mm a year - well below the global average.

Install water-saving aerators on all of your taps.

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An older single flush toilet can use up to 12 liters per flush while a modern dual-flush toilet uses only 6 liters for a full flush and 3 liters for a half flush.

Opt for organic food as it needs less rinsing and cleaning.

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You can install aerators that screw onto the end of your current tap. They can reduce the flow rate by more than 50% without reducing pressure.

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Undetected household leaks are a common reason for high water use. Regularly check taps, pipes and fittings around your home.

When purchasing new appliances for your home, always consider water use. Choose appliances with a good WELS (Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards) rating.

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You'll save water and energy by waiting until your washing machine is full before turning it on.

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We offer a range of fixed price plumbing services through our WaterFix® program.

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In a typical home, almost half of all the water you use indoors is in the bathroom. This makes it a great place to start saving water.

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If you're building or renovating, consider plumbing your rainwater tank to flush your toilet.

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The WELS water rating label will tell you how many litres of water your showerhead uses each minute.

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The southern sides of houses are cooler, shadier and less exposed to the sun and hot, dry winds.

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The northern and western sides of homes are typically hotter and get more sunlight throughout the year.

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Back gardens are often shadier, wind protected and cooler than front gardens.

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Sand based soils hold very little water.

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Your soil acts like a rainwater tank. The type and depth of your soil controls how much water it can store.

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The best soil is loam - a mix of sand, clay and organic matter. Slopes mean water can run off before the soil has a chance to absorb it. Applying too much water, or applying it too quickly, can also cause run-off.

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Soil types across Sydney range from pure sand to clay.

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Sweep paths and driveways, instead of using a hose

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Watering your garden with a trigger nozzle means you can instantly turn off your water when you don't need it, saving water.

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The dual flush toilet was invented in Australia in 1980 by Caroma

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