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									                                                     Personal Water
                                                     Saving Plan
                                                     Your guide to turning on the water savings
                                                     at home, work, school and in the community.

                                                     www.waterforgood.sa.gov.au




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     Turn on the Savings
     The State Government has a plan to guarantee our water resources
     into the future. It’s called Water for Good and it outlines 94 actions
     that will secure our water future for the next 40 years.
     Water for Good looks at the ‘big picture’ stuff. Things like stormwater
     harvesting and wastewater re-use, desalination, reservoirs and water
     catchments, and helping the River Murray through the dry times.
     But governments can’t do it alone. All of us can do our bit to conserve
     water too. In fact, we can do a lot to use less water without really
     affecting our lifestyle.
     That’s why we’ve come up with this practical plan to share water
     saving tips with you.
     We’ve called it your Personal Water Saving Plan
     We also include your personal ‘four-minute shower’ timer. Stick it
     in your shower and see whether you can ‘beat the clock’. Encourage
     your kids to see whether they can beat the clock too!




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     Some interesting facts
     Leaving the tap running when you’re             Think about how much water you
     cleaning up in the kitchen can use about        use over a year!
     300 litres per week.                            By using the tips in this Personal Water
     Leaving the tap running in the bathroom         Saving Plan we’ll all be helping maintain
     while you’re washing your hands or              our water resources for the future.
     cleaning your teeth can use 360 litres
     per week.
     Showers for a family of four can use
     around 1000 litres per week - more if
     you have an inefficient showerhead.




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     Water for Good in the BATHROOM
     Check for leaking taps                          Cut your shower time back
     A single leaking tap can waste thousands        to four minutes
     of litres of water per year.                    Reducing your shower from seven to
     Don’t let the tap run while                     four minutes will save up to 60 litres
     brushing your teeth                             every time.
     Wet your toothbrush before you begin and        Install a low-flow showerhead
     use a glass of water to rinse your mouth.       This will save up to 11 litres of water
     Don’t shave in the shower                       every minute.
     Fill the basin and use it to lather up.         Install a dual flush toilet
     Use a plug in the basin                         Save up to 50% of water every flush.
     when shaving                                    Keep bath water to a minimum
     A running tap uses about 9 litres of            Plug as you fill it and only fill around
     water per minute.                               1/3 of the tub.




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     REBATES AVAILABLE
     A rebate of up to $30 is available when you purchase and install a low-flow showerhead
     with a Water Efficiency Labeling and Standards (WELS) rating of 3 stars or more.
     A rebate of $150 is available for the replacement of a single flush or less water efficient
     toilet with a new more efficient toilet suite with a WELS rating of 3 stars or better.
     A rebate of $100 ($110 for regional areas) is available when you engage a registered plumber
     to do a Home Water Audit. Plus you will receive up to two free low-flow showerheads.
     A rebate of $150 for purchase and connection of a heated water re-circulator connected to
     an entire heated water system.


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     Water for Good in the KITCHEN
     Buy a water-efficient dishwasher                Catch running water while waiting
     These use around half the water of              for it to warm up
     average models.                                 This can be used to rinse dishes or
     Completely fill your dishwasher                 wash fruit and vegetables.
     before running it                               Rinse your dishes and wash fruit and
     You could save more than 120 litres a month.    vegetables in a plugged sink
     Use the economy setting on                      This will save you water and is just as
     your dishwasher                                 easy and effective.
     This can save up to four litres per load.       Don’t thaw frozen foods with running water
     Install water efficient taps or tap aerators    Pull them out the freezer the night before
     These help to subtly reduce water flow.         or defrost using your microwave.

     Replace washers as soon as taps
     begin to leak
     A single leaking tap can waste
     thousands of litres of water per year.
     Put suitable food scraps into a
     composter or worm farm
     Garbage disposal units use about
     nine litres of water per minute.



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     Water for Good in the LAUNDRY
     Buy a water-efficient washing                   Consider installing a greywater system
     machine with a 4.5 or more star                 to recycle your washing machine water
     rating (WELS label)                             It’s great for the garden, but don’t use it
     Save up to 100 litres every wash.               on vegetable gardens. Make sure you
     Only wash when you have a full load             check out all the planning, health and
     This can save 10 litres of water                plumbing requirements.
     every wash.                                     Pre-treat heavy stains
     Use the suds-saver setting                      This will reduce the
     This significantly saves on water               chances of having
     and detergent.                                  to re-wash.




    REBATES AVAILABLE
    A rebate of $200 is available for the purchase of a new water efficient washing machine with a
    4.5 star or more WELS rating (available late September 09).


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     Water for Good OUTSIDE THE HOME
     Water your garden early in the morning          Choose local native varieties and other
     or late in the evening                          water-wise plants
     Check water restrictions or permanent           This means less maintenance and watering.
     water conservation measures in your area.       Install a drip irrigation system
     Mulch your garden regularly                     This will cut wastage by making sure the
     Use lawn mowing clippings to reduce             water goes only where you need it to.
     evaporation by as much as 70%.                  Regularly check outdoor taps, pipes
     Check your pool for leaks                       and plumbing fixtures for leaks
     A leaking pool can lose up to 500               A single leaking tap can waste thousands
     litres a day.                                   of litres of water per year.
     Use a cover on your pool or spa                 Water your garden by hand with a
     This helps to reduce evaporation and the        watering can or trigger nozzle
     need to refill it.                              It’s one of the best ways to make sure your
     Don’t cut your lawn too short                   plants get just the right amount of water.
     Longer grass needs less water, especially
     in the drier months.




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     REBATES AVAILABLE
     A rebate of $100 is available when
     you spend $250 on a range of water
     efficient garden goods.
     A rebate of between $200 and
     $1000 is being offered towards the
     cost of purchasing and plumbing
     a rainwater tank to retrofit into
     your home for uses such as toilet
     flushing, clothes washing and for
     hot water supply.
     A new $200 rebate is available
     for the purchase of approved pool
     covers and cover rollers for existing
     household swimming pools.




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     Water for Good at SCHOOL
     Report leaking taps and toilets                  Take turns monitoring water use
     to teachers                                      Read the water meter regularly to track
     A single leaking tap can waste thousands         water use and discover if there are any
     of litres of water per year.                     hidden leaking pipes.
     Don’t keep the tap running                       Design signs and posters to go near
     Turn off taps tightly. Wash paint brushes        taps and toilets
     in a bucket or ice cream container.              This will remind everyone at school to
                                                      save water. Nominate water monitors
                                                      to check for leaks and running taps.




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     Water for Good at WORK
     Monitor water meter(s) monthly
     This will help you identify water consumption trends in
     your workplace.
     Only wash dishes once a day
     Wash each afternoon instead of continuously throughout
     the day.
     Check for leaks in taps, pipes and hoses
     A single leaking tap can waste thousands of litres of water per year.
     Upgrade your toilets
     Install dual-flush toilets. They can use half as much
     water as conventional models.
     Educate staff about the importance and benefits
     of saving water
     List water conservation plans and progress on meeting agendas
     and include water conservation policies and procedures in staff
     training programs.
     Establish an ideas box to encourage employees to suggest
     ways to save water
     Post signs or stickers with water saving information in bathrooms
     and kitchens around the office to circulate water-wise messages.


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     Water for Good in INDUSTRY
     Industrial and commercial users account for around 15% of the mains water used
     in metropolitan Adelaide.
     • Identify and prioritise the major water using practices, and the
       opportunities for reusing wastewater.
     • Conduct a water audit of the site.
     • Identify water saving measures.
     • Prepare a plan to implement the identified measures.
     • Inform staff of your water saving goals and encourage them to join your cause.
     • SA Water’s Business Water Saver Program assists industrial and commercial
       customers to save water.
     If your business would like information on how to save water, call a Business Water Saver
     Officer on +61 8 7424 1336 or send an email to businesswatersaver@sawater.com.au




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     How to calculate your WATER SAVINGS
     The first step in reducing your water consumption is to work out how much water
     you are currently using.
     This can be done by checking your water meter at regular intervals.
     Simply read the numbers from left to right no matter what colour they are and
     then calculate how many litres the household has used.


                                              Start   Week 1   Week 2      Week 3    Week 4
       Water Meter Reading


       Change in Reading


       Daily Household Use
       (divide by 7)

       Litres Per Person
       (divide by number of
       people in the house)




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     Notes




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                  For more information
                  SA Water Customer Service                                      Rebates Hotline
                  1300 650 950                                                   1800 130 952
                  Water Restrictions Hotline                                     Office for Water Security
                  1800 130 952                                                   www.waterforgood.sa.gov.au
                  www.sawater.com.au




                  The timer may vary slightly from exactly 4 minutes. There may be a variance up or down of approximately 30 seconds.
                                                                                                           Revised November 2009.



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