We can all do our part to reduce our water consumption around the home.
- Check for leaks and fix any leaking taps, pipes or cisterns.
- Make sure the dishwasher is full before you use it.
- Scrape dirty dishes rather than rinsing.
- Don't wash the dishes or scrub vegetables with the water running. Put the plug in and run some water into the sink.
- Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing your teeth.
- Take shorter showers. A quick shower uses less than quarter of the water used in a bath.
- Only fill the tub with as much water as is required. You don't need as much in your tub for babies or pets.
- Water early morning or in the evening. Watering in the heat of the day results in a lot of water loss through evaporation.
- Water the highest parts of the garden first: any run off will go to the lower dry areas.
- Mulch, mulch, mulch! It can prevent up to 75 per cent of evaporation loss, prevents run off and keeps the soil cool.
- Dig a small trench around trees to help retain water.
- Turn the hose off when moving around your property.
- Dig the soil – well-turned aerated soil will absorb water easily.
- Install covers on pools and spas to reduce water evaporation.
- Use a bucket to wash your car rather than a hose.
- Use a broom, not a hose, to clean paths.