Our country is in the midst of a terrible drought. Sydney’s dams and catchments, responsible for bringing water to our taps, are currently at 69 per cent capacity. Farmers’ hardships are giving rise to city fundraisers and stirring up a collective concern for our people on the land.
And rightly so, it would be foolish for us to take this precious resource for granted. From hydration, cooking, washing, cooling, growing food, maintaining gardens and making products, water is the fuel of life that we cannot do without.
With National Water Week on our doorstep (21-28 October), it’s never been a more important time to take simple steps to make saving water second nature.
So whether you’re driven by the current drought situation, the need to save cash or simply to make a difference, here are 10 easy tips to start saving water today.
- ‘Water for me, Water for all’ – This October, take part in this year’s National Water Week celebration. Take a few minutes to think about how you use water at home and pick two things to change to save water.
- Only turn the tap on as hard as you need – A gentle stream for brushing your teeth or hands, rather than full blast.
- Have a 3 minutes power shower – Grab a shower timer or time your shower to one of your favourite songs. Reducing your shower by one minute helps save up to nine litres of water if using a water efficient showerhead or up to 20 litres if using a conventional one.
- Play detective and find that leak – Some leaks are very difficult to spot and can waste over 3,500 litres of clean water each year. A spike on your water bill and usage could mean there’s a leak in your home. Check your water meter at night to see if it’s turning. If so, contact a plumber.
- Only wash when you have a full load – By adjusting the water level of your washing machine and using the economy cycle you can also help save water.
- Install a water efficient showerhead – Water efficient showerheads are inexpensive, super easy to install and will definitely help you save a lot of water.
- The right time for the right plants – Minimise evaporation and only water your garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler. Use plants that are adapted to the Australian climate and do not require too much water.
- Mulch that garden – Put mulch around plants to help retain moisture and reduce the need to water frequently.
- Make it dual, save water – 3 star rated dual flush toilets use a third as much water per person per day compared to older full-flush models.
- Buying a new appliance – Water efficient appliances can help you save money and water. Check gov.au/choose for more info on how to choose an efficient appliance.
Sydney Water also has great info to help you save money from going down the drain.