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We're committed to saving water and know that our customers want to use water wisely too.

Below are some ways to help you save water - and money!

In the kitchen

  • Install tap aerators and reduce water flow by 50%.
  • Use a basin to wash fruit and vegetables.
  • Rinse your dishes and use the water on your plants.
  • Try the economy cycle on your dishwasher.
  • Replace tap washers as soon as they begin to leak.


In the laundry

  • Buy a front loading washing machine as they use up to 50% less water.
  • Change the water level on your washing machine to suit the load.


In the garden

  • Spread mulch on garden beds and reduce water loss by up to 70%.
  • Consider hardy ground covers instead of lawn.
  • Choose drought resistant plants and grasses.
  • Use rainwater tanks to water the garden and supplement the water supply to toilet.
  • Always use a broom to clean your driveway or footpath.

For more ways to be water smart in the garden, see our Smart Gardens for a Dry Climate page

In the bathroom

  • Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth and save around 9,000 litres of water a year.
  • Replace your old cistern with a dual flush cistern and save up to 36,000 litres of water each year.
  • Replace your old shower rose with an AAA rated one or better and use up to 50% less water in the shower.
  • For a cheaper but effective alternative install a shower flow control valve.
  • Put a plug in the sink while shaving.
  • Reduce your shower from 8 to 4 minutes and save around 20,000 litres of water a year (reduced even more with a water efficient shower head).
  • Repair a leaking toilet as it can waste up to 16,000 litres of water a year.
  • Put a full plastic bottle in an old single flush toilet cistern to reduce the volume of water used each flush.


More smart ways to save water

Target Your Water Use

Target Your Water Use is a Victorian government water efficiency program for regional Victorian householders. It offers advice and activities to encourage the efficient use of our precious water.

Smart Approved WaterMark

Smart Approved WaterMark is an international water efficiency scheme that certifies products and services that save water. Look out for it and and make water-saving choices.

Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards

Buying products regulated under Australia’s Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme can help you save water and save money.

Last updated on 21 Jul 2023
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