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Saving water at home

You can help safeguard our water and save money by making some simple changes around your home.

How much water do you use?

There are simple ways to find out how much water your household uses:

  • Check your water bill. This will show how much water your household uses per day and the daily average use for households in your local area.
  • Check your water meter. Make a note of your meter reading and check it again a week later. Divide this amount by seven to estimate the daily use for your household.
  • Undertake a home water use audit.
  • Check for leaks at your property.

Once you know how much water you use, contact your local council to find out whether there is a voluntary water target in your local area. If one doesn’t exist, set your own! Your aim is to use less water, so make sure you set an achievable target.

Remember, by saving water you will also save:

  • energy: it takes energy to treat, transfer and heat water. The less water you use, the less energy you use.
  • money: if you are billed for the amount of water you use, you can save money by reducing the amount of water you use.
  • the environment: the less wastewater you generate, the less contaminants and detergents you release into our rivers and oceans.
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Last reviewed
2 March 2017
Last updated
18 December 2015
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