Water Saving Tips

Water conservation or water use efficiency is important to community sustainability for a number of reasons:

  • Economic impacts of constructing and operating the water utility, and the influence of these impacts on affordability;
  • Assurance that water supplies will be available for many purposes - drinking, hygiene, landscaping, food production, firefighting; and
  • Environmental effects from water withdrawal, and energy consumption/greenhouse gas emissions from system operation.
Home water saving tips
  • Keep a jug of cool water in the fridge instead of running the tap
  • Avoid pouring water down the drain - use it to water plants or fill your pet's dish
  • Installing a low-flow kitchen faucet to save up to 10 L per minute
  • Only run your dishwasher when it is full. Do the same for your washing machine
  • Keep showers to five minutes or less
  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or shaving
  • Repairing a leaky toilet can save 100 L per day
  • Installing an ultra-low flow toilet can save up to 15 L per flush
Outdoor water saving tips

Lawn

  • Lawns only need about 2.5 cm (1 in.) of water per week. A deep soaking will encourage roots to grow deep
  • Shorter daily watering will result in shallow roots and weaker grass
  • Cut your grass to 5 to 7.5 cm (2 to 3 in.) tall to provide shade for roots and to help prevent evaporation
  • Grasscycle by leaning the clippings on the law. This will help with water retention and provide your lawn with nutrients

Irrigation

  • Do not leave sprinklers or hoses unattended
  • Consider installing irrigation devices such as micro and drip irrigation, soaker hoses, and sprinklers with timing devices
  • Always use a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle when watering plants or washing your car
  • Ensure that sprinklers are watering vegetation, not driveways and sidewalks
  • Consider utilizing 'smart' technology, climate or soil based controllers that evaluate weather or soil moisture conditions and then adjust the irrigation schedule to meet the specific needs of your landscape
  • Install a rain shutoff switch, these inexpensive devices can be retrofitted to almost any system and will prevent your system from turning on while it's raining

Garden

  • Minimize lawn area by using ground covers other than grass
  • Select drought-tolerant flor and group according to their water needs
  • Use mulch to retain moisture and reduce weed growth
  • Use rain barrels to gather rain water 

Other Tips

  • Avoid ornamental water features (such as fountains) and free-flowing water toys
  • If you have a swimming pool, consider a new, water-saving pool filter
  • Sweep your driveway instead of spraying it with a hose