Water saving for business

It's important to know how much water your business is using - and saving water means your business is saving money.  

Make sure your staff know that saving water is a priority.

  • Include water conservation policies and procedures in staff training.
  • Involve staff by providing staff incentives and link water conservation to performance reviews.
  • Use staff noticeboards, newsletters and emails to share water saving tips. Set water use targets and publish progress updates.
  • Appoint a ‘water champion’ to keep your business focused on saving water.

Free water audits for businesses

Council will visit and assess your business to identify ways to save water. To arrange a free water audit, contact us

Carry out your own water audit 

An audit will identify your business water use and costs.

  • Check your water bills for the past 2 years to see how much water was used, sudden or gradual increases may indicate a leak.
  • Identify the water intensive areas of your business and ways to save water.
  • Check for leaks - is the water meter dial moving when no water is being used?

Develop a water conservation plan

  • Make sure resources and business commitment are in place to develop a water conservation plan.
  • Appoint a ‘water manager’ to action the plan and lead the project.
  • Conduct a water audit.


  • Check for leaks in taps, pipes and hoses.
  • Replace washers as soon as they begin to leak.
  • Encourage staff and guests to report leaking taps, toilets and fittings.


  • Use a bucket for cleaning instead of a tap or hose.
  • Use a broom to clean paths and gutters rather than a hose.
  • High pressure hoses are water efficient and more effective cleaners than standard hoses.

Commercial kitchens

  • A commercial sink uses about 40 litres to fill, while a water efficient dishwasher may use as little as 15 litres.
  • Install water efficient appliances (glass and dishwashers, ice makers, coolers and cleaning equipment).
  • When buying new appliances, consider those that offer cycle and load size adjustments.
  • Make sure glass and dishwashers are full before using.
  • Rinse dishes in a plugged sink or bowl rather than under a running tap.

Construction industry

  • Retain as much vegetation as possible during construction to reduce evaporation.
  • Install water efficient irrigation systems.
  • Use buckets of water for cleaning instead of running water.
  • Incorporate water saving principles into all aspects of the project. Prepare a water plan that includes efficient appliances and plumbing, water reuse, landscaping and rainwater collection.
  • Stay up to-date with the latest water conservation designs and appliances.

Gardens and nurseries

  • Be sure your irrigation system is only watering intended areas, not flowing onto footpaths and roads.
  • Check your irrigation system regularly for leaks and broken sprinkler heads and adjust pressures to specification.
  • Subirrigation or drip irrigation systems can produce water savings of up to 75% compared to overhead sprinklers. If you do have overhead sprinklers, fix water efficient nozzles.
  • Set up wind breaks to cut down on water loss due to evaporation.
  • Ensure nursery irrigation systems meet the standard recommended by the Nursery Industry Association of Australia.
  • Choose an irrigation system which allows automatic shutdown, moisture sensors, and can apply water at different rates.
  • Look for ways to recycle water - for example, rooftops and runoff are a good source of irrigation water.

Find more ways to save water outdoors

Laundromats and accommodation providers

  • Commercial laundries, hotels and aged care facilities use large volumes of water with potential for significant water and cost savings.
  • Older commercial washing machines use a lot more water than new machines. Initial replacement costs may be higher, but significant water and cost savings will be made over the life of the machine.
  • Install a system to divert waste water for irrigation.
  • Ensure boilers, pumps, chillers and water heaters are used properly, shut down when not in use, and maintained to prevent leaks, steam or condensation.
  • Create a system where guests can choose to keep their towels and bed linen more than one night, reducing the amount of laundry.
  • Use a linen service that uses water recycling and sustainable business practices.

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