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Water wise tips

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.

The Blue House

You are invited to spend five minutes in the water loving Blue House to see how easy it is to save water: 




Around the house

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.


WELS ratings
  • WELS is Australia’s water efficiency labelling scheme allowing consumers to compare the water efficiency of products. The rating system has six stars. 
  • As well as washing machines and dishwashers, WELS labelling is also used on toilets, showers, tap equipment and flow controllers, helping you make informed decisions when purchasing these products.
  • The best water rating achieved by dishwashers is six stars.
  • A fully loaded dishwasher will save water over time.
  • The rinse-hold setting on the dishwasher can save water compared to rinsing the dishes under the tap.

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Washing machines
  • Look for washing machines that have a four or more star rating (WELS label).
  • Consider buying a water efficient front loading washing machine. 
  • Newer model washing machines will automatically adjust the water level to the size of the load. 
  • Just like the dishwasher, a full washing machine can save water over a period of time. 

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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? 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Fixing leaks

Dripping taps
  • Did you know dripping taps can waste more than 16,000 litres of water per year? A dripping tap can add up to a noticeable impact on your bill over the course of a year.
  • Continuously turning a tap  off too tightly can cause the washer to deteriorate. Replacing a tap washer is quite simple, however, if you have a hot water system in your ceiling it is recommended you contact a licensed plumber.

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Leaking toilets 
  • Leaking toilets can have a huge impact on your water bill, and are one of the most common ways in which water goes to waste around the house.
  • To check if your toilet has a leak, follow these simple steps:
    1.  Remove the lid of your toilet cistern
    2. Place a few drops of food dye in the cistern
    3. Do not flush your toilet for 10-15 minutes
    4. If the dye has seeped into the bowl after that time, you have a leak.
  • Toilet leaks are often a result of the rubber valve in the cistern deteriorating. You can contact a licensed plumber to fix this for you.

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Leaking pipes
  • The best way to check for leaks is by reading your water meter. Turn all taps and any appliances that use water off.
  • Overnight is a good time to do this test. If the dials on your meter move, yet you have not used any water, you may have a leak and should contact your plumber as soon as possible to investigate.
  • For more information on what to do if you think you have a leak, click here

In the garden

Use a broom or blower, not the hose

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.

Are you watering more than your garden?

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.

Mulch your garden to keep the moisture in

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.

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