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Saving water tips

We encourage you to conserve water at all times, here's some easy water saving tips in and around your home.

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In the laundry

  • Load up the washing machine, make sure every load is full. Saves 125 litres per full wash.
  • Use the washing cycle with the least rinses - if you must wash small loads, use the lowest water level on your machine.
  • Use the "suds-saver" feature if your machine has one. It reuses warm, soapy water.
  • Repair leaky taps, hoses or fittings - that goes for sinks, basins and outside taps too. This can save up to 32,000 litres per month.

In the bathroom

  • Turn the tap off while cleaning your teeth or shaving - saves 10 litres per minute
  • A 3 minute shower uses less than half the water needed for a bath - saves 80 litres per shower.
  • Check your toilet for leaks. Put a few drops of food colouring into the toilet cistern. If it appears in the bowl without flushing, you've got a leak that needs fixing. Leaks waste up to 32,000 litres per month.
  • Fix any leaking taps.
If you're planning to renovate or build
  • Install water-saving shower heads or a flow restrictor - saves 30 litres per shower.
  • Install a flush saver device or dual flush to your toilet - saves up to 10 litres per flush.

In the kitchen

  • Rinse and peel vegetables in a bowl or sink half-filled with water, instead of under a running the tap - saves 10 litres per minute.
  • Wait until you have a full load before starting your dishwasher, use the eco-setting - saves 125 litres for each wash.
  • Only run the waste disposal unit when it's full - saves 10 litres per minute
  • Rinse dishes in a sink filled with water, rather than under a running tap - saves 20 litres
  • Keep a jug of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap water until its cold - saves up to 2 litres per glass
  • When boiling vegetables, use just enough water to cover them and use a tight fitting pot lid - better still, use the microwave.

Saving water outdoors

  • Water only what your plants need, over-watering or inefficient irrigation systems just waste water
  • If your irrigation system is on automatic timer - turn it off.
  • Avoid watering the garden during the heat of the day.
  • Plant smart - plant different varieties of hardy, drought resistant plants, especially on steep slopes where there's a lot of runoff. Succulents, cacti and desert plants are easy care and provide interesting shapes and textures for your garden.
  • Mulch or compost your flowerbeds. Organic material on the soil will help trap-in moisture, prevent weeds and provide important nutrients to your plants.
  • Mow your lawns on the highest setting - let your grass grow a bit longer. This lets the roots grow deeper and adds surface area to the grass blades so they hold more water and don't need irrigating as much.
  • Put a bucket in the shower to catch the water. Use it to water pot plants. You'll be surprised how much water you'll collect.
  • Sweep - don't hose.  Sweep paths and driveways rather than hosing them down.
  • Cover your pool to reduce evaporation.
  • Use a bucket to wash your boat, bike etc - only use the hose to rinse off.
  • Wash your car, boat, bike on the grass and water your lawn at the same time.
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