Tasmanian households are great at conserving water, but we can always do better. Read on for some simple changes you can make to your water consumption that will help ensure we all have access to water when we need it.
If we all contribute to using less water around the home and reduce our demand on our rivers and dams, we will help maintain the sustainability of the supply. Click the symbols below to find out more information.
Leaving the tap running when brushing your teeth wastes up to 10L per minute. Why not try brushing your teeth with the tap off?
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.
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.
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.
Plugging the sink to wash your veggies or using a bowl of water can save 10L of water a minute!
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!
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.
Hosing paving is a thing of the past, it’s a waste of valuable water. It’s better to use a broom or blower to clean outside your home instead.
Check your irrigation system to ensure you are not watering too long or putting water where it isn’t needed, such as onto paths and buildings.
Good quality mulch reduces evaporation by keeping the moisture around plant roots. Protect your garden by applying 5-10 cm of a hard, chunky mulch and help achieve water savings of up to 20 per cent. It is also a great way to stop the weeds!
Avoid mulch that is soft as it can eventually create an impenetrable layer to water, which can lead to over watering and killing your garden.