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Reducing your water consumption

The first step in protecting water resources is to make sure that it is not wasted, and to help we have outlined a few ways you can personally take steps to become more water wise and possibly reduce your reliance on traditional water resources.


Install rainwater tanks

Once upon a time these objects were viewed as things you installed if you had a rural property. However today, a water tank is a regulated requirement in all new buildings, be they urban or rural. If you live in an existing dwelling that does not include a water tank (apartment or house), you should look to install one as the benefits are exceptional!

Fortunately, today’s water tanks have been designed to be aesthetically easier on the eye and to fit into spaces where they do not take up valuable land space, such as on the side of the house or within the backyard. Wherever it is located, water is collected from your downpipes and stored for later use. This grey water is available for you to use for water intensive things such as watering the garden, cleaning the car, topping up the swimming pool and many other things.


Fix your leaking taps

Studies have found that a slow dripping tap will waste nearly 7000 litres of water each year. Even if you have a tap that only drips six times a minute, you will waste the equivalent of 1.8 litres per day. This is more than most people in Australia will drink per day. Changing your taps as soon as they start leaking will be beneficial for your water bill and the environment!


Reduce your shower time

Did you know that if you have just one ten minute shower a day, you will have used 91,000 litres in showering alone by the end of a year? If you can reduce your shower time by even two minutes a day, you could save around 16,000 litres of water each year.


Install water efficient taps

If you have a shower head or kitchen tap which isn’t fitted with a water efficient head, you could be potentially using 90 litres more water per ten minute shower than you should be. Furthermore, a water efficient tap system can save you up to 47% in energy. For more information on how much water your tap system is using, log onto the Australian Government website – Water Rating.

Other ways to be water wise include:

  • Only use the dishwasher and washing machine when they are full. Don’t do half loads
  • Wash your car on a soft surface (grass, dirt etc.) and let the water used water your garden as a result
  • Use a broom or a leaf blower to clean hard surfaces, don’t use a hose unless there is a specific reason
  • Install drip irrigation in your garden. It minimises wasted water and ensures your water reaches everywhere you want it to

The first step in protecting water resources is to make sure that it is not wasted, and to help we have outlined a few ways you can personally take steps to become more water wise and possibly reduce your reliance on traditional water resources.Once upon a time these objects were viewed as things you installed if you had a rural property. However today, a water tank is a regulated requirement in all new buildings, be they urban or rural. If you live in an existing dwelling that does not include a water tank (apartment or house), you should look to install one as the benefits are exceptional!Fortunately, today’s water tanks have been designed to be aesthetically easier on the eye and to fit into spaces where they do not take up valuable land space, such as on the side of the house or within the backyard. Wherever it is located, water is collected from your downpipes and stored for later use. This grey water is available for you to use for water intensive things such as watering the garden, cleaning the car, topping up the swimming pool and many other things.Studies have found that a slow dripping tap will waste nearly 7000 litres of water each year. Even if you have a tap that only drips six times a minute, you will waste the equivalent of 1.8 litres per day. This is more than most people in Australia will drink per day. Changing your taps as soon as they start leaking will be beneficial for your water bill and the environment!Did you know that if you have just one ten minute shower a day, you will have used 91,000 litres in showering alone by the end of a year? If you can reduce your shower time by even two minutes a day, you could save around 16,000 litres of water each year.If you have a shower head or kitchen tap which isn’t fitted with a water efficient head, you could be potentially using 90 litres more water per ten minute shower than you should be. Furthermore, a water efficient tap system can save you up to 47% in energy. For more information on how much water your tap system is using, log onto the Australian Government website – Water Rating.Other ways to be water wise include:

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