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.
Check for undetected household leaks.
Some leaks are obvious, like a dripping tap or leaking shower hose, but leaks that have gone un-noticed could drive up your water use.
Leaking toilet cistern
Toilets are a common culprit for household leaks. A leaking toilet is difficult to see with the naked eye, but can waste thousands of litres of water a year.
To check for a leak, place a few drops of food colouring in the cistern. If the food colouring ends up in the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak.
Leaking hot water cylinder
A leaking hot water cylinder will not only drive up your water bills, it can also do a lot of damage. Often tucked away in a cupboard, a leaking hot water cylinder can go undetected. Use a torch to look around your hot water cylinder to see if there is any surrounding dampness.
Often tucked away in their own designated nook, a leaking appliance can remain undetected for a long time. Pull your dishwasher or washing machine away from the wall and check behind and underneath for any pools of water. Also check surrounding walls for mould.
Leaking pipes beneath your property
A leak in the pipes beneath your home or property can silently waste thousands of litres a year. If you’ve noticed a sudden drop in water pressure, it could result from a leak in your pipes. In dry weather, look out for dampness or moisture on the lawn, garden or driveway.
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.