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Water wise - Around the house

Bathroom

Brush your teeth with the tap off! 

  • Leaving the tap running when brushing your teeth wastes up to 10L per minute. Why not try brushing your teeth with the tap off?

Reduce water waste, choose the half flush!

  • Around 9% of total household water use goes down the toilet! When you can, choose the half flush when you use the loo. WELS 4 star toilets use 3L for half flush and 4.5 for full flush.

Save water by reducing showers to four minutes

  • Almost a quarter of household water is used in the shower. Cutting your shower time by just two minutes can result in a water saving of up to 30 per cent. Try using a shower timer or your favourite 4 minute song to time your showers.

A running tap can use 10L of water per minute

  • You could capture a bucket of water for the garden every time you had a shower when waiting for the temperature to heat up. Imagine how many litres you could save!

Kitchen

Pre-rinsing dishes wastes water

  • Instead of rinsing your dishes before loading them into the dishwasher or sink scrape the excess food into the bin. Pre-rinsing dishes can double your water use. Did you know around 30% of blockages in our wastewater system are caused by fats, oils and grease solidifying in pipes? So removing grease and food scraps from your pots, pans and dishes before you wash them also helps keep our drains happy and healthy.

Plug the sink or use a bowl when washing your veggies

  • Plugging the sink to wash your veggies or using a bowl of water can save 10L of water a minute! 

Laundry

Save 50L of water when you reduce your washing by one load a week.

  • Washing machines account for 16 per cent of all water used inside the average home. Reducing your washing by just one load a week could save almost 2,600L each year!

Make the switch to a front loading washing machine

  • Front loading washing machines are more water efficient than top loaders of the same size. A WELS 4.5 star model uses up to 35 per cent less water than a conventional top loading washing machine for the same load. Also see if the new model has a water saving mode, which will save you even more.