Water wise tips

Image of a yellow flowerThere are many simple things you can do around your home and garden to use water efficiently.

Do you know how much water a water efficient household should be using? Our water efficiency targets can help you find out how much water you can aim to use.

Try our water wise tips for your garden

  • Use compost to improve your soil. Maybe make your own! 
    Hands holding soil

    Good quality soil helps your garden look its best.

  • Water the base of your plants, not the leaves.
  • Place plants with similar water needs together and use our plant selector to find the right plants for your garden.
  • Mulch your gardens to reduce moisture loss and weeds. Lawn clippings are a great, free mulch.
  • Plant local native varieties and other water wise plants that attract wildlife and need less maintenance and watering.
  • Try not to cut lawns too short. Cut only the top third off the length, leaving it three centimetres or higher.
  • Water your garden in the early morning or evening to reduce water loss through evaporation.
Woman using a pool cover

A pool cover helps reduce evaporation.

  • Keep your pool covered when not in use. Without a cover, more than half the water in your pool can evaporate over a year.
  • Keep the water level of your pool halfway up the skimmer. Overfilling stops the skimmer working efficiently and wastes water.
  • Stay on top of pool maintenance so you don't need to empty your pool.
  • Wash your car on the lawn instead of the driveway.
    Children washing car on grass

    Always wash your car on the lawn.

  • Wash your car on the lawn and you'll water and fertilise your lawn at the same time. Car shampoos use phosphates similar to many fertilisers.
  • Use a broom, rake, outdoor blower or vacuum instead of hosing paths, patios or driveways.
  • Check your outdoor taps and pipes for leaks regularly. Just one dripping tap can waste up to 2,000 litres a month.

Try our water wise tips for your home

  • Leaking tap

    A leaking tap can waste up to 2,000 litres a month.

    Get to know your water meter. If the numbers on it are turning while no water is being used in your home, you could have a leak.
  • Check for leaking taps. Fixing a leaking tap is an easy way to use less water. One leaking tap can waste up to 2,000 litres a month.
  • Replace washers as soon as taps begin to leak.
  • Act quickly as most leaks get worse over time. Maintenance and quick repairs are key to reducing the cost of leaks.
  • Check for, and repair, any leaking pipes. Constant damp patches in the garden, particularly during dry periods could indicate a hidden underground leak. If you know you have a leak but can't find it, contact a plumber who specialises in concealed leak detection. Not all plumbers are equipped to find hidden leaks.
Need help finding a leak? 
Call us on  1800 558 552 for some specialist advice. Our experts can visit your property if necessary to find and repair the leak.

We'll tell you how much this costs when you call. 
  • Children emptying dishwasher

    Choose a dishwasher with a 5-star water efficiency rating.

    Install water efficient taps or make your current taps water efficient by installing flow regulating aerators.
  • Look for a front-loading washing machine with at least 4-and-a-half starswhen you buy a new washing machine.
  • Choose a dishwasher with a 5-star rating for sparkling dishes and a lower water bill.
  • Install a 3-star rated showerhead and you'll save water and energy by using less hot water.
  • Children filling a jug of water from a kitchen tap

    Keep some water in the fridge so it's already chilled when you need it.

    Keep a jug or bottle of water in the fridge so you don't have to run the tap until the water is cool.
  • Thaw food in the fridge or microwave instead of under running water.
  • Wait until you have a full load in your dishwasher or washing machine and use the economy mode. This can save you water and energy.
  • Wash fruit and vegies in a half-filled sink instead of running water.
  • Rinse your razor in the sink. Rinsing it under a running tap wastes lots of water.
  • Turn the tap off while you brush your teeth. Simply wet your toothbrush before you begin and use a glass of water to rinse your mouth.
Kids jumping into pool

Save water using a pool cover - you'll reduce evaporation!