Sydney Water takes water wise message to the streets

Media release

23 October

Sydney Water has today launched its ‘Tiny House’ exhibition at Customs House to remind people of the everyday habits they can change to save water and help Greater Sydney’s dam storages go the distance.

Minister for Utilities Don Harwin visited the water efficient tiny home complete with bathroom, kitchen, laundry, living room, bedroom and garden all housed in a shipping container.

The ‘Tiny House’ shows the public how small measures can create big water savings both inside and outside their homes.

Minister Harwin says Sydneysiders know water is a precious resource.

'All Sydneysiders can play a part in being water efficient. A small saving by each individual can create a significant water saving if all Sydneysiders get involved,' said Mr Harwin.

'Recent rain across Sydney and NSW has certainly been a welcome sight and Sydney’s storages still have at least two years of supply. But, we know we are in drought and the outlook is for a hot, dry summer.

Mr Harwin added, 'in addition to household measures, the government has in place a range of measures to ensure NSW water supply is sustainable into the future'.

'The desalination plant at Kurnell has now finished its testing so if and when we hit the trigger point of 60% water levels across our dams – it’s ready to go. We are also now seeing water transfers from the Shoalhaven River to assist in managing supply'.

Sydney Water has been actively reminding the community about Water Wise Rules, which are simple, common sense actions to reduce water use.

Catherine Port, Executive Drought Lead at Sydney Water said the Tiny House activation gives the community a fun, hands on demonstration focused on small changes.

'Something as simple as taking shorter showers is one of the best ways to save water. Reducing shower time by one minute can save nine litres of water every shower', said Ms Port.

'For outdoors, water your garden before 10 am and after 4 pm to avoid the heat of the day and use a broom or rake rather than a hose to clean your driveways and hard surfaces'.

The Tiny House will be on display at Customs House Circular Quay until 28 October and will move to other locations throughout summer.

Read more on Minister for Utilities Don Harwin's website.