Did you know that about 40 per cent of all water used in the home is in the bathroom?

Create your own waterwise bathroom habits:

  • Shave a minute off your shower
  • Turn the tap off when you brush your teeth
  • Use the half flush button on the toilet (when you can!)
  • Use a bucket to collect water while you're waiting for the water to warm up


Go easy with the hose! Outdoor water use accounts for a hefty amount of the average home’s water use. Here are some handy hints to help make every drop count:

  • Use mulch to keep your garden happy - it can make your garden more efficient by reducing soil evaporation by up to 70%
  • When washing your car at home, use a bucket in the front yard to reduce waste
  • Use a pool cover to reduce evaporation
  • Consider planting drought tolerant Australian natives as they don't need much water
  • Make sure your hose is fitted with a trigger nozzle
Water saving with washing machine


The laundry consumes about 20% of a household’s water use. On top of that, washing machines use lots of energy and detergents.

Try these tips to cut down your water use in the laundry:

  • Use the eco setting on your washing machine and always make sure you have a full load
  • If you're in the market for a new machine, choose a water efficient front loader
  • Check taps for leaks and install water efficient tapware


We use about 10% of our household water in the kitchen but little changes can make a big difference:

  • Wash vegetables in a container, not under running water
  • Only run your dishwasher with a full load
  • Catch running water while waiting for it to warm up and use it to water plants or top up pet bowls
  • If you're in the market for a new machine, choose a water efficient dishwasher

Want to know what else you can do?

Visit Smart Water Advice for more tips on how to save water in and around your home.

Did you know

Permanent water saving rules are currently in place.

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