We can all do our part to reduce our water consumption around the home.
Saving water over summer
Summer is upon us! With the warmer weather and outdoor water use on the rise, we’ve already seen a spike in demand. The forecast is for a hot and dry summer, which makes water restrictions likely again this year. We’re monitoring changes closely and will keep you updated when necessary.
Water restriction level
There are some simple things you can do to help save water. Little changes can make a big difference, particularly in the drier months of summer.
- Soak your garden every few days rather than giving it a quick drink every night. Light watering means water evaporates quickly and makes the roots grow shallow. Soaking the ground every few days encourages the roots to go deeper into the soil where moisture is held longer.
- Water early in the morning or later in the evening so water doesn’t evaporate.
- Mulch your garden with grass clippings or compost. Mulching keeps moisture in.
- Raise the blades on your lawn mower a notch. Leaving 25-30mm of leaf provides shade to the roots and soil, slowing water loss and protecting your lawn from sunburn.
- Dig a small trench around trees and large plants to help retain water.
- Dig the soil – well-turned, aerated soil will absorb water easily.
- Fix any leaking taps, pipes or cisterns.
- Put a jug of water in your fridge for instant cold water.
- Make sure the dishwasher is full before you use it.
- Scrape dirty dishes rather than rinsing. Modern dishwashers can take it!
- Put the plug into the sink to wash dishes or scrub vegetables, don’t leave the water running.
- 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.
- Use the short toilet flush when you can, that uses about half the water of a full flush.
- Install covers on pools and spas to reduce water evaporation.
- Use a bucket to wash your car rather than a hose.
- Wash your car on the grass.
- Use a broom, not a hose, to clean paths.
Last Reviewed: 19/12/2018