Water efficiency tips

Managing your water use efficiently will:

  • save you money. The less water you use, the less you'll pay for water, wastewater, trade wastewater, chemicals and energy
  • reduce your carbon footprint by reducing energy for heating and pumping water
  • contribute to a sustainable environment by reducing demand for water from dams and rivers. You'll also discharge less wastewater into rivers and oceans
  • improve your public image in and around the community.
If we all save a little, together we can make a big difference.
Water restrictions are now in place
Water restrictions target outdoor water use and apply to everyone across greater Sydney. However, we understand that some water use is critical for businesses. See how water restrictions may affect your business and check whether you need to apply for a water restrictions exemption.
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It makes good business sense to manage your water use efficiently.

Tips to manage your water use

Make sure you understand:

  • the services you're connected to 
  • how much water you use
  • where you use water in your business
  • your business's benchmark for water use.

Avoid using water if there are other options. For example, sweep instead of washing down hard surfaces and avoid leaks by: 

  • regularly checking water using equipment and fixtures 
  • replacing washers and seals yearly.
Reduce your water use by installing water efficient appliances and equipment. 

Visit the Australian Government Water Rating website for details about the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme. 

Where possible, re-use your water for:

  • irrigation
  • dust suppression
  • toilet flushing. 

Reuse water must be fit for purpose. Before you consider reuse, get professional advice and refer to the Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling.

Recycled water is not for drinking, but you can use it:

  • to irrigate ovals and golf courses
  • for dust control
  • in industry
  • in cooling towers, but only where a high level of treatment has been applied to reduce dissolved salts.

Before you consider recycled water, get professional advice and refer to the Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling.

Aways consider alternative water sources as the last option. Alternative water sources include:

  • rainwater
  • stormwater
  • bore water
  • treated wastewater

If you're considering rainwater, use our rainwater tank calculator to help you choose the best tank for your needs.

We offer total water solutions to businesses that have a Business Customer Representative assigned to them.

You can discuss water efficiency with your Business Customer Representative over the phone or by requesting a relationship management meeting