Water conservation on the driest continent on the planet is essential and there are lots of easy things we can all do.
Most of the things we consume every day contain fresh water – from the meat we eat (41,500 litres to produce a kilo of meat) to the aluminium we carry our drinks in (20 litres for a single can).
The amount of water we use in the home may seem trivial (only 7 per cent of all water used in Australia), but by conserving water we can move closer to learning about and respecting this precious life-giving resource.
How can I save water today?
By making these seven easy changes, you can save litres of clean fresh water every day.
- Install a water-efficient showerhead. You will save more than 12,000 litres of water each year and reduce your water and energy bills when you exchange your old showerhead for a new 3-star water efficient one.
- Install low-flow taps. Reduce the amount of water coming out of your tap.
- Install dual flush toilets. Installing a dual flush toilet will allow you to use the appropriate amount of water to clear the toilet bowl.
- Use water twice. Connect a hose to your washing machine so you can pump the water out to your garden. Make sure you use phosphorous-free detergent so that you don't harm your soil or plants!
- Use a waterwise plant selector. Planning a new garden? A local plant selector can help you choose the right plants for your sun, soil and water conditions.
- Invest in a front-loading clothes washing machine with a high star water rating. They are more efficient with water and energy and gentler on your clothes.
- Check the water rating. If you're about to buy a water-using product, find out first how Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) ratings can save you money and help the environment. It's simple – the more stars on the WELS label, the less water that product will use and the more money you'll save.
Save money on your water-efficient products and appliances
The Living Victoria Water Rebate Program rewards residents and businesses for being water wise around the home, garden and in small businesses by providing rebates on a range of water-efficient products and appliances.
For information on rebates, a showerhead exchange and local waterwise plant selectors, visit Barwon Water's website.
The Australian Government's Living Greener website provides information, how-tos and rebates for sustainable living.