Be Water Wise
Be Water Wise
You can help secure our water future by continuing to be water wise. By using less water each day, you can help to conserve this precious resource. Be water wise at home
Laundry: Choose a water efficient washing machine. It can save up to 11,000 litres a year.
Taps: Stop taps from leaking by replacing washers as soon as they begin to drip.
- Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth.
- Take shorter showers. If all households in Sydney took three minute showers, we could save 67 billion litres of drinking water a year. Time yourself!
- Install a water efficient shower head. It can save you 16,000 litres of water a year.
Dual flush toilet: Using the half flush button on your dual flush toilet saves up to 5 litres per flush. Over a year this could save you 23,000 litres of water per household.
Kitchen: Use a plug and wash your fruit and vegetables in still water.
Water tanks: Install a rainwater tank and collect up to 46,000 litres of water each year from your roof. Use this water on your garden or to flush toilets.
Be water wise in your garden
The average Sydney household uses 25 percent of their water outdoors.
Water efficiency: Avoid any form of watering between 10am and 4pm to avoid the heat of the day, when evaporation is high. Use a watering can or a trigger nozzle on a hose so that you only water those areas that need it.
Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around plants to reduce water evaporation and suppress weeds.
Your car: Wash your car on the lawn. This will water and fertilise your lawn as well as stopping car shampoo getting into the stormwater drains. Car shampoos use phosphates that are similar to many fertilisers.
Cleaning up: Use a rake, broom or blower to clean up leaves, grass clippings, dirt, or dust on paths or driveways instead of hosing.
Improve your soil: Think of your garden's soil as an underground water tank. You can increase the amount of water it can hold by adding composted organic material.