Typically, almost half of all the water you use indoors is in the bathroom. For many of us, showering and bathing is about more than getting clean. 

By using a mix of water saving technologies and smart behaviours, you can still enjoy your bath or shower while you save water. 

Baby sitting in the bath with hands on taps.

Turning the tap off is an easy way to save.


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Look out for the WELS label when you're shopping.

Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards

Make sure you look for products regulated under the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme. The label is designed to help you make informed choices about the water efficiency of products.


  • Choose showerheads with a 4-star WELS rating or above to cut water use by up to 26%.

  • Keep your showers to four minutes. Shorter showers also save on energy costs. A quarter of the electricity used in a home is used to heat water. If you want to take your time, a bath might be a better option.

  • Collect water in a bucket while you're waiting for the shower to heat up and use that water on your garden.

  • Make sure your hot water thermostat isn't set too high, so you don't need to add as much cold water.

The WELS water rating label will tell you how many litres of water your showerhead uses each minute.



  • Only fill the tub with as much water as you need and use less for children or pets.

  • Check the temperature as you fill so you're not adding extra water after the bath is at the right level.

  • Check your plug for leaks.

A bath can actually use less water than a shower - it all depends on how much water you use. Remember, the water level will rise when you get in, so only add as much water as you need.



  • Choose dual flush toilets with a WELS 4 star rating and you could reduce water use by up to 63%.

  • Consider plumbing your rainwater tank to flush your toilet if you're building or renovating.

  • Check your toilet for leaks regularly.

  • Use the half flush when you can.

  • Don't use your toilet as a bin. Flushing rubbish down the loo wastes water and can block your plumbing. Keep a bin in the bathroom for cotton tips, tissues, wipes and other bathroom rubbish.  

The average person flushes a toilet six times a day. You can save a lot of water by using the half flush when you can!



  • Choose taps with at least a 4-star WELS rating and you could reduce water use by up to 52%.

  • Install aerators that screw onto the end of your current tap. They can reduce the flow rate by more than 50% without reducing pressure.

  • Turn off the tap while you're brushing your teeth and use a glass of water for rinsing.

  • Fix that dripping tap. If you don't know how to change a tap washer, consider booking a WaterFix® Residential appointment and we'll do it for you.

Leaks are a common reason for high water use. Regularly check taps, pipes, toilets and fittings around your home for leaks.

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Did you know that showers typically use more water than anything else in the home?  

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