Our water is a taonga (‘a treasure’) and we all need to look after it.
Even the smallest of savings can make a difference so we have shared some helpful tips below to conserve water around the home.
Fix leaks and turn off taps.
Bathroom and Laundry:
- Shorter showers save water.
- Use a bucket to catch surplus water in the shower while you are waiting for it to heat up. When the water has cooled down, you can use it on the garden.
- Wait until you have a full load before starting the washing machine.
- Soak your washing in a bucket. When you have finished, water those parched plants!
- Turn your dishwasher on only when you have a full load.
- Wash your fruit and vegies in a bowl, rather than running the tap, and then reuse the water.
- Compost or worm farm your food scraps. Waste disposal units use 30 litres of water daily.
- Use a timer on your sprinklers – saves you forgetting to turn them off.
- A good quality mulch on the garden retains moisture, stops those pesky weeds and adds goodness to the earth as it breaks down.
- Watering your garden earlier in the morning or later in the evening minimises evaporation and maximises absorption.
- Grow your lawn a little longer in summer.