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Save Each Drop - Around the house

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  • Use a bucket to collect water while waiting for the shower to get hot 
  • Make sure your hot water system thermostat is not set too high. Adding cold water to reduce the temperature of very hot water is wasteful.


  • Only fill the tub with as much water as needed. Use less for children and pets 
  • Check the temperature as you fill. Adding extra water to get the correct temperature after the bath is at the right level is wasteful 
  • Regularly check your plug for leaks and replace as necessary 
  • Use bath water in the garden or use it to wash your car. Check that soaps and detergents in the water will not harm garden plants.


  • Wash your car on the lawn, rather than in the driveway, so the water is used on your lawn rather than running down the drain
  • Use a bucket of water rather than a hose to wash your car. If you need to rinse down your driveway or footpaths, use a bucket of water saved while waiting for the hot water to warm up in your shower or kitchen sink.


  • A running tap uses about 16 litres of water per minute 
  • Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth. Wet your brush and use a glass for rinsing
  • Do not rinse your razor under a running tap. Filling the basin with a little warm water is just as effective and uses less water 
  • Do not leave the tap running while peeling vegetables. Fill the basin or a small bowl with a little water instead 
  • While waiting for hot water out of your tap, collect the cold water and use on pot plants, in the garden, or for something else around the house.

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