Saving Water

Saving water around the home

We can’t think of a better place to start to use water wisely than in our own homes. It's where we spend most of our time and where we have the most control over how things are done.

rinsing dishes saving water around the home is easy.

In the kitchen

  • Install an aerator and/or a water flow-reducer attachment on your tap to reduce your water usage.
  • Always turn taps off so they do not drip.
  • When hand-washing dishes, never run water continuously.
  • When using a dishwasher only wash full loads, and use the shortest cycle possible. Many dishwashers have a conserver cycle.
  • When cleaning fruit and vegetables, wash them in a partially filled sink and then rinse them quickly under the tap.
  • Keep a bottle of drinking water in your refrigerator instead of running your tap until the water gets cool each time you want some water.

In the bathroom

  • Upgrade old toilets and install dual flush cisterns.
  • Check regularly for toilet leaks, try putting a small amount of food colouring into the tank and observing whether it seeps to the bowl without flushing.
  • Repair leaks promptly.
  • When shaving, partially fill the sink and use that water rather than running the tap continuously use short bursts of water to clean razors.
  • Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth and only turn the tap on to rinse or clean the brush.
    Repair drippy taps.
  • Use aerators and/or water flow-reducer devices on all your taps.
  • Use either low-flow shower heads or adjustable flow-reducer devices on your shower heads.
  • Short showers use less water than baths, but if you still prefer bathing, avoid overfilling the bath.

In the laundry room

  • Wash only full loads in your washing machine.
    Use the shortest cycle possible for washing clothes, and use the "suds-saver" feature if your machine has one.
  • If your washer has an adjustable water-level indicator, set the dial to use only as much water as is really necessary.
  • If you have a septic system, spread out your washing to avoid heavy-use days that could overload the system and use environmentally friendly products.

Around the House

  • Check recently purchased water appliances such as hoses, washing machines and dish washers regularly in the days after installation to ensure no leaks are occurring.
  • On a regular basis check your water meter to detect hidden sub-surface leaks.
  • If you are away or not regularly at your property turn the water meter off to prevent water flows
  • Some hot water systems, including solar panels, air conditioning units, reverse cycle systems and pool solar heating have pressure relief valves and overflow outlets which release water. This water should be diverted away from the house to avoid damage; consider re-using this water on gardens or lawns to keep them healthy.