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Saving water

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.

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