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drought-damWater may seem like an infinite resource, but unfortunately it’s not. Australians in particular need to pay close attention to how much water we use. Here are just a few things you can do to save water.

 

 

1. Use water-efficient appliances

Choose your products wisely - buying water-efficient appliances, such as dishwashers or washing machines, saves water as well as money. Check out the Water Efficiency Labelling webpage for more information.

2. Take shorter showers

This is something you can do that is 100% free and easy to implement. Quite often people underestimate how long they take in the shower - try timing yourself to find out just how long you're taking, then make it your goal to cut back. It can mean reducing your shower time by one minute or perhaps five minutes if you're taking a long time. Once you get in the habit of taking quick showers it will become part of your normal routine.

3. Turn off the taps when brushing your teeth, shaving, etc.

Are you brushing your teeth with the tap running? Or shaving with the hot water going full-blast? You are wasting a lot of water. The simple solution is to turn taps off when you aren't actively using the water. This can also be applied to when you wash your hands - turn on the taps after you have soap on your hands.

4. Plug the sink when doing the dishes by hand. If you have a dishwasher, only run the dishwasher when it’s full

Similar to tip #3, don't leave the taps running when you're doing the dishes. Fill your sink halfway with hot, soapy water to do your dishes - don't worry if a bit of soap bubbles hang on to your dishes, they don't need to be rinsed separately and will drip-dry just fine. If you have a dishwasher (one that has a good water rating!), make sure it is full before you turn it on.

5. Wash your car at waterless car-washes

Alternatively wash your car by hand with one bucket of water and a sponge. Toss any remaining water on your lawn or garden.

6. Use a watering can or nozzle for your hose

when watering your garden instead of watering straight from the hose. You'll be surprised how much water you save, plus the water is distributed much more evenly and widely.

7. Install water-saving devices

such as aerated taps, water-saving shower heads, and dual-flush toilets.

8. Install a rainwater tank