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Simple and easy changes to help save water.

Here are a few simple things you can do to save water at home:

  • Take shorter showers.
  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
  • Use a plug in the sink when preparing vegetables, washing fruit or washing dishes by hand.
  • Washing with a full sink or water-efficient dishwasher will save you a minimum of 10 litres per day. If you've only got a few dishes that must be washed, fill the kitchen sink to a third of the way.

Visit the Smart Water Advice website to discover other ways of reducing your water wastage in your home.

You can also:

Install a water-efficient showerhead

Based on an average seven-minute shower, 10,000 litres of water per person can be saved each year by installing a water efficient showerhead.

Buy a water-efficient washing machine

If you're buying a new washing machine, make sure it has at least a five-star water efficiency rating and four-star energy rating. Front-loading washing machines are usually the most water-efficient, using up to 50 per cent less water.

Check how much water your appliances use

Install a dual flush toilet

For a family of four, installing a dual flush toilet can save more than 35,000 litres of water a year.

Check for leaks

Just one dripping tap can waste four litres a day. There are some things you can do to check for leaks around your home:

  • Place a cup under each tap while you are out of the house for the day. If there is more than a dribble in each cup when you return, you need to replace the washer.
  • Put a few drops of food dye in the toilet cistern. If in 15 minutes your toilet bowl is anything but pearly white, you have a leak that could be costing you 100 litres per day.

Check for water leaks