Water Saving Checklist

Water Saving Checklist

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Water Saving Checklist

Water is a precious commodity. There are a number of ways in which you can reduce your water consumption and also ways that you can increase the efficiency of the water you use. One of the best ways you can improve your water efficiency at home is by installing a water tank but there are also the following additional ways to reduce water usage.

Outside the Home

In the garden, evaporation and run off are two big factors in water consumption.

To reduce run off you can:

  • Minimise paved areas.
  • Wash animals and cars on the lawn.
  • Sweep driveways (rather than using water).
  • Improve soil type in order for it to hold a greater water capacity.

To reduce evaporation you can:

  • Mulch after planting. This also helps reduce run off.
  • Water in the early morning or in the evening.
  • Plant trees to create natural shade.
  • Plant or create windbreaks.
  • Build pools in shady areas and make sure pools are covered.
  • Use drip irrigation to water plants.

Other ways that you can reduce water consumption outside:

  • Group trees and shrubs etc. together by water consumption.
  • Consider using trees and shrubs that require very little water such as native Australian plants.
  • Reduce lawn area and select a type of lawn that needs less water.
  • Install and use alternative water sources such as rain or grey water.

Inside the Home

  • Install water efficient appliances and fixtures (showers, toilets, washing machines, dishwashers, taps etc). Look for WELS water ratings to ensure water efficiency.
  • Fix leaks and drips as soon as possible.

The bathroom

  • Have a rainwater tank internally plumbed to the toilet and use the half flush where possible.
  • Use a bucket to catch water in the shower and reuse for hand washing clothes or in the garden.
  • Take shorter showers and do not overfill the bath.
  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.

Other areas of the home

  • Use grey water from the washing machine in the garden.
  • Only put on the dishwasher or washing machine when it is full.
  • If you have two sinks, use one for rinsing dishes when washing rather than using a running tap.

If you have other water saving tips we could share please let us know.

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