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There are lots of easy ways you can save water at home. Did you know there are rebates for installing water efficient showerheads and taps ?

Around the house

  • Saving water saves you money.
  • It’s important to teach our kids about saving water. Make it fun and lead by example. Think twice before using water toys.
  • If you’re buying a new dishwasher or washing machine look for the water rating label - the more stars the more water efficient. Visit waterrating.gov.au (external link).au for more information.

Bathroom

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  • Take a shorter shower and turn off the water while lathering up. Each minute can save up to 9 litres (20L with old showerhead) of water.
  • Install a water efficient showerhead to save up to 45 litres a day. Save up to $100 with Council’s shower and tap rebate.
  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or shaving. This can save 5 litres of water.
  • Take a bucket to the shower to catch wasted water. Use it in the garden, but don’t use it on edible plants such as vegetables and fruit trees.
  • Check that the soaps and detergents you use won’t harm garden plants (look for greywater friendly products).
  • Bucket used bathwater onto the garden or use it to wash your car.

Toilet

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  • Don't flush pee and try a half flush for poo – save 10 litres per day.
  • Using the half flush saves 1.5 litres compared to a full flush.
  • Older toilets use around 12 litres per flush. Put a water-filled plastic bottle or a brick in your cistern to reduce the volume of water used.
  • A leaking toilet can waste up to 100 litres a day. To check if your toilet is leaking, put some food dye in the cistern, wait 15 minutes (don’t flush) and check if the water in the bowl is coloured. If it is, you have a leak.

Laundry

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  • For a family, do 3 loads less of washing a week by making sure loads are full – save 240 litres (80 litres a load).
  • Use the most water efficient cycle on your washing machine.
  • Look for a water-efficient 4-star rating when buying a new washing machine. Front load machines use less water than top load.
  • Only use your washing machine with a full load, or adjust the water level to suit the size of the load.
  • If you use your rinse water on the garden, don’t use it on edible plants such as vegetables and fruit trees.

Kitchen

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  • Only use the dishwasher when you have a full load and pre-rinse dishes to save 45 litres every 5 minutes. A dishwasher cycle can use up to 20 litres of water.
  • When washing dishes by hand use a bowl in the sink then use the water in your garden.
  • Avoid peeling vegetables or rinsing dishes under running water.
  • Store drinking water in the fridge instead of running tap water to cool it down.

Check for leaks

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  • A dripping tap can waste 1.3 litres of water per hour. Leaking taps can usually be fixed with a new washer.
  • Check your water meter before bed and first thing in the morning before using any water - if the reading has changed, you know you have a leak.
  • Likewise, if the dial on your water meter is moving when no water is being used, you know you have a leak.
  • If you have a leak, call a plumber.

Garden

Find out how to save water in the garden.

Carry out a home water audit

Download the DIY Home Water Audit factsheet (1016kB PDF) for details.

Resources

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