Here are some simple and effective changes you can make to conserve water.
- 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.
- 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.
- Yarra Valley Water and “Water saving made easy” leaflet