Become a water warrior
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Cover up your pool
Use a cover on your pool. Without a cover, more than half of your pool water can evaporate.
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
Train your staff
Get staff on board by offering water conservation training sessions, and implementing a staff training program for policy and procedures.
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.
Download and read our water-saving fact sheets: