Water wise tips

Water is a precious resource, so we shouldn’t waste it. Water wise tips are simple things you can do around your home and garden every day to use water efficiently.

Love water, don't waste it

Water Wise Rules are in place and should be followed as Sydney's prolonged dry weather continues.
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Take shorter showers - it's one of the best ways to help save water.

Easy ways to save water in your home

  • Keep your showers to four minutes. Taking shorter showers is one of the best ways to help conserve water.
  • Wait until your dishwasher or washing machine is fully loaded before you turn it on.
  • Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth or shave.
  • Wash your vegetables and rinse dishes in a plugged sink or basin – not under a running tap.
  • Install a WELS 3 star rated water saving showerhead and WELS 4 star rated water efficient taps to save on water and energy costs. 

Easy ways to save water in your garden

  • Fit a trigger nozzle to your garden hose and water by hand before 10 am and after 4 pm.
  • Use a broom or rake rather than a hose to clean your driveways and hard surfaces.
  • Plant for the climate and soil in your area.
  • Apply 7 - 10 cm of mulch around plants to help save water lost through evaporation.
  • Wash your car with a trigger nozzle on the lawn so that you water and fertilise the grass at the same time.
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Water your garden using a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or a watering can.


Fix leaks around your home

Check your plumbing and fix any leaks that waste water. One leaking tap can waste up to 2,000 litres a month.

Get to know your water meter. If the numbers on it are turning while no water is being used in your home, you could have a leak.

Find out more about leak detection.
 

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Replace washers as soon as taps begin to leak.