• Replacing a single flush toilet with a 6/3 dual flush can save up to 8 litres per
flush (or for the average family 36,180 litres per year)
• Leaking toilets can waste up to 16,000 litres per year
• Don't leave the tap running while you brush your teeth
• Older style shower heads can use up to 24 litres per minute. Install a AAA rated
shower head (9 litres per minute), depending on water pressure, location and
quality of pipework.
Water-saving bathroom tips:
• Install a low flow showerhead (WaterWise and some council rebates apply) -
it can save your household more than 1,800 litres a week.
• Use a shower timer – cutting your shower time from 7 minutes to 4 minutes
can save up to 36 litres.
• Use a bucket to catch water while the shower warms up and while you are
showering, and reuse in the garden.
• Turn off the tap while cleaning your teeth, shaving or washing hands – you
can save 7 litres a minute.
• Turn off the water while washing and conditioning your hair – you can save up
to 180 litres a week.
• Instead of shaving your legs in the shower, fill a container of water and use it
to lather up and shave before you shower and rinse your legs.
• Choose a shower over a bath - a 4 minute shower uses only 48 litres
compared to a full bath which uses 150 litres.
• If you bath, of if you bath small children, use as little water as possible. Put
the plug in before your turn on the tap and fill to less than a third. Reuse the
bath water by bucketing on the garden.
• Install a dual flush toilet (WaterWise and some council rebates apply) – you
can save up to 6 litres of water per flush.
• Unnecessary flushing is one of the biggest wasters of water – don’t flush
needlessly, and never flush tissues and other rubbish down the toilet.
• Think about saving water when you’re away from home, too.
• Rinse your razor in a plugged sink and turn off the tap when shaving
• Catch water that's usually wasted while you wait for shower water to reach the
right temperature - keep a bucket in the shower to collect it and use this water for
your pot plants and garden
• Turn off the tap when soaping hands
• If everyone reduced their shower time to four minutes, the city would save 32
million litres of water a day
• If you have a single flush toilet, change to a dual flush - dual flushes use about
60% less water
• Install a hot water system tempering valve to reduce hot water
• Replace showerheads with water efficient ones - they can use as little as nine
litres of water per minute compared with 20 litres for older models
• If you have an instantaneous hot water system, check with the manufacturer if a
Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards showerhead can be used
• Check all your taps and toilets for leaks - this could save thousands of litres of
water being wasted