Water wise tips

Sydney is in drought, so we all need to look for ways to save water around our homes and gardens.

Easy ways to save water in your home

  • Keep your showers to four minutes. Taking shorter showers is one of the best ways to help save water.
  • Wait until your dishwasher or washing machine is fully loaded before you turn it on.
  • Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth or shave.
  • Wash your vegetables and rinse dishes in a plugged sink or basin – not under a running tap.
  • Install a WELS 4-star rated water saving showerhead and WELS 4-star rated water efficient taps to save on water and energy costs. 

Easy ways to save water in your garden

  • Use a broom or rake rather than a hose to clean your driveways and hard surfaces.
  • Plant for the climate and soil in your area.
  • Apply 7 - 10 cm of mulch around plants to help save water lost through evaporation.
  • Get rid of weeds as they take water away from the plants you want to grow.
  • Group plants with similar needs so they all get the right amount of water without wasting any.
To help save water, water restrictions are now in place across Greater Sydney.


Fix leaks around your home

Check your plumbing and fix any leaks that waste water. One leaking tap can waste up to 2,000 litres a month.

If you have leaking taps, toilets or showerheads, it's now even easier to fix them through our WaterFix® Residential plumbing service. The NSW Government is proudly funding our current promotion. This means there may be no cost to you and the water savings are immediate.

If you think you may have a leak that you can't easily see, 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. Find out more about leak detection.
 

Children washing hands in a sink.

Save water by turning taps off when soaping your hands. It's one of the many ways you can easily save water at home.