Water is not an unlimited resource. It is, therefore, important that everyone uses water cautiously, and does not needlessly waste it.

Providing water has a cost, and the more water that is wasted, the higher that cost will be.

Wasting water is also an offence under the Local Government Act 2002.

Ways to Reduce Water Use

There are many simple things that can be done to reduce water use:

  • Minimise use of sprinklers or unattended flowing hoses. These use a huge amount of water - typically at least 15 litres of water a minute - that’s almost 1000 litres (a tonne of water!) per hour.
  • Don't use a hose to wash down large areas of pavement, use a broom instead.
  • Water lawns and gardens only where necessary, and water effectively, don't spray water in the middle of a hot day when it will evaporate.
  • Don't let children play with hoses at times of peak demand for water.
  • Use a bucket instead of a hose wherever possible.
  • Don't leave taps running needlessly to waste.
  • Take short showers rather than long showers or baths.
  • Don't flush the toilet unless you really need to - particularly during times of peak demand for water.
  • Install dual flush toilets, low-volume flow shower heads and other devices that use less water.
  • If you have to do an activity that uses a great deal of water - such as water blasting a house or topping up a swimming pool - do it outside of the times when there is the highest demand for water.
  • Fix leaking taps and pipes. Though the rate of leakage may be low, if it is for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year the amount of water cost can be large.
  • Consider installing a water tank to catch roof water for later use watering the garden etc

Check out the Smarter Homes website for further information.