Become a water warrior

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NSW is experiencing the most serious drought on record. This means, every drop of water is precious. There are small things you can do to make a big difference in water conservation. From inside to outside the home, in schools and at the workplace, we can all do our part to help save water.

We need water warriors in every community, saving every drop we can. Here are a few ways you can help.

Water-saving tips for the home

Leaky tap

Fix leaky taps

One leaking tap can waste up to 2 kilolitres of water a month. Prevent future leaks by replacing the washer as soon as you spot a leak and by turning taps off gently.

Shower head

Take shorter showers

Limit your showers to three minutes or less. Consider getting an aerator shower head or inserting a regulator to reduce your water usage.

Vegetables

Be conscious of how you cook

Instead of cooking vegetables in boiling water, steam or microwave them. Also drain your unsalted cooking water into a large tub and reuse it to water your plants.

Water-saving tips for outside the home

Leaf

Use greywater

Water your garden with  water from your bath, shower or washing machine. A greywater system in a house of four people can provide up to 40,000 litres of water per year that can be used on your garden.

Pool

Cover up your pool

Use a cover on your pool. Without a cover, more than half of your pool water can evaporate.

Watering can

Water your garden with a watering can

Use a watering can rather than a hose when watering your garden or plants. A hose can use up to 1,000 litres of water an hour.

Water-saving tips for schools and the workplace

Adults

Train your staff

Get staff on board by offering water conservation training sessions, and implementing a staff training program for policy and procedures.

Kids

Educate students

Encourage students to report leaks, empty leftover water from their bottles at the end of the day into the garden and make colourful reminder signs for bathrooms.

Install the right equipment

Visit Australian Government Water Rating for details about the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards scheme and how businesses' can install more water efficient equipment.

Toolkit

Download and read our water-saving fact sheets: