Water saving tips

Every drop counts, especially in the dry season. Pick up some tips on ways to save water.

Conserving water in the bathroom

  • Take shorter showers
  • If you must bathe: don't overfill the bath tub, plug the tub before turning the tap on, and adjust temperature afterwards
  • Turn off the tap while brushing teeth or shaving
  • Check your cistern, taps, and pipes for leaks or overflow
  • Install a dual-flush toilet cistern
  • Place a brick in the cistern or adjust the float valve
  • Don't use your toilet as a rubbish bin - 5 to 12 litres of water is used every time you flush it

Conserving water in the garden

  • Check water restrictions
  • Don't clean paths, driveways and gutters with water, brooms and a brush will do the job
  • Use a timer and moisture metre with your sprinkler to avoid overwatering, and make sure water is going on the garden only. Remember - one hour of running a sprinkler is enough water for a family of four for one day
  • Only water when really necessary - don't water the garden when the soil is moist up to 10 cm below the surface
  • Water morning or evening so there is less loss by evaporation
  • When watering plants do so on a low flow rate so the soil can absorb the water
  • Deep soak plants - a few good waterings are better than lots of light sprinklings
  • Use the household's grey water, soapy water will keep bugs down too
  • Mulch your garden as it conserves soil water, up to 73% of garden water is lost through evaporation
  • Compost your soil - this will assist its moisture retention
  • Grow your lawn a little longer. It will stay greener longer and require less watering
  • Get rid of the weeds in your garden, they compete with your plants for available water
  • Look for a drought resistant lawn mix when laying a new lawn and chose plants that require less water
  • If you have to wash your car at home, park it on the grass to do so - saves water and prevents the runoff from going through the stormwater system with would pollute our river.

Conserving water in the kitchen and living areas

  • Don't run the tap when cleaning vegetables - use a bowl or put the plug in the sink
  • Compost kitchen scraps instead of using the waste desposal unit - these encourage more water use
  • Use your dishwasher for only full loads
  • If buying a dishwasher, closely consider its water consumption
  • Check all taps, pipes and connections for leaks
  • The dirty water from a fish tank provides excellent nutrients for houseplants
  • Cover swimming pools and spas to prevent water evaporation

Conserving water in the laundry

  • Use you washing machine for only full loads
  • Use the half water cycle if appropriate
  • When looking for a new washing machine, examine its water usage
  • Check all taps, pipes and connections for leaks and fix any immediately
  • Check your hot water supply tank and hot water cylinder breather pipe for overflowing
  • Check water saving stars when purchasing a new washing machine