Being WaterWise inside

Help us conserve our water – it’s a limited and precious resource! Here are some handy hints for conserving this precious resource. For some helpful ideas and factsheets go to this website.

In the kitchen

  • Keep a jug of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for cold drinks
  • Collect the water you use for rinsing fruit and vegetables in a sink or a container then re-use the water for your houseplants
  • Cook food in as little water as possible - this will also retain more of the nutrients
  • Avoid rinsing dishes under a running tap before putting them in the dishwasher - scrape instead
  • Run your dishwasher only when it is full and you could save 1,576 litres a month.

In the toilet

  • Install dual-flush toilets
  • Make sure your toilet button doesn’t stick open after flushing.
  • Put food colouring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl, you have a leak
  • Get the leak fixed and you can save more than 2,250 litres a month.

In the bathroom

  • Sing shorter songs in the shower. Time your shower to keep it to two minutes. You’ll save up to 3,790 litres a month.
  • Cut a minute off your shower to save up to 25 litres
  • Install a 3 star(WELS rated) water efficient shower rose
  • Plug the bathtub before turning the water on, and then adjust the temperature as the tub fills up
  • Install tap aerators to reduce the flow
  • Turn off the water while you brush your teeth. This will save an average of 5 litres every time
  • Turn the water off while you shampoo and condition your hair and you can save more than 180 litres a week.

In the laundry

  • Check the water efficiency WELS star rating (opens in new window) of washing machines and dishwashers. For example, front load washing machines use less water than most top loader machines.

The Waterwise Homes brochure provides information on saving water inside and outside your home. For a copy of the brochure, call council on 131 872.

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