Water wise tips

Sydney is in drought, so we all need to look for the many ways to save water around your home and garden.

Love water, don't waste it

To help conserve our water, level 1 water restrictions are now in place across Greater Sydney.
Save water by having a four minute shower. It's easier than getting a camel for a pet. Camel holding dog toy.

You don't have to get a camel as a pet to save water.

There are many ways to save water, some are better than others. We certainly don't recommend getting a camel as a water-efficient pet or training naked to cut back on washing. Instead it would be much better to stick to  four minutes or less in the shower and only do full loads of washing.

Easy ways to save water in your home

  • Keep your showers to four minutes. Taking shorter showers is one of the best ways to help conserve water.
  • Wait until your dishwasher or washing machine is fully loaded before you turn it on.
  • Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth or shave.
  • Wash your vegetables and rinse dishes in a plugged sink or basin – not under a running tap.
  • Install a WELS 4-star rated water saving showerhead and WELS 4-star rated water efficient taps to save on water and energy costs. 

Easy ways to save water in your garden

  • Use a broom or rake rather than a hose to clean your driveways and hard surfaces.
  • Plant for the climate and soil in your area.
  • Apply 7 - 10 cm of mulch around plants to help save water lost through evaporation.
  • Get rid of weeds as they take water away from the plants you want to grow.
  • Group plants with similar needs so they all get the right amount of water without wasting any.
There are many ways to save water. Some are better than others. Find out how Sydney saves water by visiting lovewater.sydney.

Fix leaks around your home

Check your plumbing and fix any leaks that waste water. One leaking tap can waste up to 2,000 litres a month.

Get to know your water meter. If the numbers on it are turning while no water is being used in your home, you could have a leak.

Find out more about leak detection.

Save water by turning the tap off when soaping your hands. It's easier than training naked. Naked man on bicycle.

Save water by turning the taps off when soaping your hands. It's, just one of the many ways you can save water around the house.