How to Save Water
Inside Your Home
- Never put water down the drain when there may be another use for it such as watering a plant or garden.
- Make sure your home doesn’t have hidden leaks. Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.
- Repair dripping taps by replacing washers. If your tap is dripping at the rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste over 12,000 litres per year.
- Check for toilet tank leaks by adding food colouring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, colour will appear within 30 minutes. (Flush as soon as the test is done, since food colouring may stain the tank.)
- Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and
other such waste in the rubbish bin.
- If the toilet flush handle frequently sticks in the flush position, letting water run constantly, replace or adjust it.
- Take shorter showers. Replace your shower head with an ultra-low-flow version.
- Don’t let water run while shaving, brushing your teeth, or washing your face.
- Operate automatic dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are full.
- If you’re buying a new machine, look for the ‘AAA’ Standards Australia ratings that indicate good water efficiency.
- When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink or basin with soapy water. Quickly rinse under a slow-moving stream from the tap.
- Clean vegetables in a pan of water and not under a running tap.
- Create an awareness of the need for water conservation among your children. Avoid the purchase of recreational water toys that require a constant stream of water.
- Report all significant water losses (broken pipes, open hydrants, or errant sprinklers) to Coral Sea.