Water saving tips
NSW has recently felt the impact of serious drought. This means, every drop of water is precious. There are small things you can continue to 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.
Here are a few ways you can help.
Water saving tips for inside the home
Fix leaky taps
One leaking tap can waste up to 2,000 litres of water a month. Often a leaky tap can be fixed by replacing a washer.
Take shorter showers
A shower can use 9 litres of water per minute. You can use a timer to help limit your shower to four minutes or less.
Wait until you have a full load
Waiting until you have a full load of washing or adjusting the water levels on your washing machine can save water and electricity costs.
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, saving our valuable drinking water.
Cover up your pool
Using a pool cover can prevent the unnecessary loss of water through evaporation.
Water your garden with a watering can
A watering can often uses less water 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: