Simple water saving tips

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Here are some simple and effective changes you can make to conserve water.

[edit] Indoors

  • Use a water efficient dishwater and only use it when full
  • Install flow control valves and aerators for taps
  • Use a front loading washing machine - this could save 16,000 litres per household annually
  • When purchasing a new washing machine choose one with a 4 star energy rating or above
  • Install a 3 star water efficient showerhead - this could save up to 12,000 litres
  • Reduce shower time to 4 minutes - this could save up to 13,800 litres
  • Replace your single flush toilet with a 6/3 dual-flush or better - this could save 12,400 litres
  • A leaky diverter valve can allow one quarter of your water to bypass the shower head and pass straight into the drain. Changing a leaky diverter valve can save you money and make your showers more enjoyable.

[edit] Outdoors

  • Mulch the garden - this could cut evaporation by up to 70%
  • If you have a pool, use a pool cover to reduce evaporation by about 90%
  • Rainwater tanks are a good option, but only reach their full potential when connected to the toilet, laundry and other household uses.

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