Water Conservation @ Home
Check out the many easy ways you can save water (and money), both in and outside your home. Be Waterwise ... Don't Waste a Drop!
Toilets (33%of indoor water use)
- Installing toilets that use less than 6 Litres per Flush save water and offer attractive financial paybacks
- Checking for leaks can save 1400L/month
Baths & Showers (25% of indoor water use)
- Low flow showerheads can save up to 8L per minute
- Shorter showers help conserve water
- Filling the bath only half full saves 80L +/bath
- Putting a stopper in the tub before starting the water saves 20L/bath
Washing Machines (24% of indoor use)
- Full loads and shorter cycles save 95L/load
- High Efficiency, Front Loading Washing Machines can drastically reduce water use for laundry.
Faucets (12% of indoor use)
- Turning the faucet off when it is not needed and save 10-40L/day
- Install a flow restrictor or a faucet aerator save up to 20L/day
- Checking for leaks can save 48 L per day (2L per hour)
Dishwashers (6% of indoor use)
- Full loads on a shorter cycle saves 28L/load
- Dishwashing by hand and rinsing in a dishpan can save 32-60L per load
- Use a bucket of soapy water to wash your car, and use the hose only for rinsing. Using a bucket can help you save at least two minutes worth of water (46L).
- Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks. A hose uses 23L/minute.
- Use water toys and outdoor "kiddy" pools to cool off, instead of the sprinkler. A sprinkler uses 1300L/hour so the savings can be astounding.
Estimated water use for fixtures and appliances
Source: American Water Works Association
|Toilet Flush||4 to 30 litres per flush|
|Fraction of leaking toilets||up to 30 percent|
|Showering||5.7 to 18.9 litres per minute|
|Bathtub||115 to 190 litres per full tub|
|Washing machine||170 to 190 litres per cycle|
|Dish washer||40 to 55 litres per cycle|
|Kitchen faucet||7.6 to 11.3 litres per minute|
|Bathroom faucet||7.6 to 11.3 litres per minute|
|Car washing||Aprox. 400 litres per car|
|Lawn watering||10 to 35 litres per minute|
|Slow steady drip||280 litres per week|
|Fast drip||750 litres per week|
|Steady drip||3,785 litres per week|