Saving Water at Home

TapAustralia is the world's driest continent. Two thirds of Australia is desert. Although there are frequent floods in some areas Australia has the lowest average rainfall and the lowest water run off of the inhabited continents.

Australians have a love of the water and being in and around water is a way of life for us. This love of a resource we have little of creates a unique problem in this country. A problem which requires serious measures in order to sustain our quality of life and to support the environment we live in.

Saving water begins at home. If every home made an effort to save water on a daily basis, it would make things easier in times of drought. Not to mention conserving our most precious resource. Without it - we couldn't live!

Saving water is easy. Wasting it is too as it's hard to imagine where water comes from and how limited it is, when all you have to do is turn on the tap. It's also difficult to figure out how much you are wasting as it's running down the drain.

Typical Water Consumption Use
12 litres Toilet (full-flush type)
50-120 litres Bath
40-250 litres Shower
20-90 litres each wash Dishwasher
40-265 litres each load Washing machine
5 litres Tap running while cleaning teeth
5 litres Hand basin
8 litres Drinking, cooking and household cleaning
Up to 1000 litres Garden sprinkler
100-300 litres Car washing with hose
30 litres Dripping tap
300 litres from a 1.5mm hole Leaking pipe

How Can You Save Water at Home?

  • Fit a flow control head (e.g AAA rated or higher) on the shower
  • Have a shower instead of a bath
  • Turn off the tap when brushing teeth
  • Fill the sink and plug it when shaving or washing
  • Replace washers on dripping taps
  • Install a dual-flush toilet
  • Install tap and toilet flush regulators
  • Purchase appliances that have good water and energy usage ratings
  • Use dish and clothes washers only when you have a full load
  • Water the lawn no more than once a week to encourage deep root growth
  • Use a timer on the sprinkler
  • Wash the car or pets on the lawn
  • Use mulch and water retention products on the garden and in pot plants
  • Sweep the driveway and paths instead of hosing
  • Track your water bills to see if you are reducing and saving