We live in the driest continent in the world, so it's important we use our water resources wisely, develop good water habits so we have enough to meet future demand and adjust our water use when conditions change. We all have to be careful about the amount of water we use, even when not in drought. Conserving water can save you money and helps the environment.
For tips on saving water visit Water Saving Tips in and Around the Home.
Read your water bill and water meter
Understanding the information on your rates notice related to water consumption charges and taking regular readings of your water meter can help you monitor your usage. It will also assist with discovering any concealed leaks, which could be wasting thousands of litres of water, with no visible signs on the surface.
Leaks can waste thousands of litres of water. Check your toilets, taps, showerheads, irrigation systems and pipes and repair leaks as soon as possible. Many leaks are underground so you may need to use your water meter to check for leaks at home and in your irrigation system. If you suspect you may have a leak, you should contact a licensed plumber with the appropriate endorsements to investigate and repair this for you.
Use water efficient appliances and fixtures
Water efficient appliances can significantly reduce your water use and save you money in the long term.
The WELS label is designed to help you make informed choices about the water efficiency of products you are buying.
Taking a responsible approach to water efficiency doesn’t need to be difficult – simple changes in everyday habits can result in substantial water savings.
For more information on how to save water at home watch the following video from Bunnings.
Check how much water you are using with this water audit tool. Calculate what appliances are your water guzzlers, where you’re using a lot of water and opportunities to make savings.