Around the House

  • Use water sparingly when brushing teeth, shaving and washing hands. Leaving the water on while brushing teeth wastes the equivalent of two milk jugs full of water, about eight litres, per minute.
  • After cooking or cleaning fruits and veggies, let the water cool and then pour into planters or flower beds.
  • Capture water while waiting for it to heat up and then use it a few minutes later to wash your dishes, or wait for it to cool and then use it on household plants.
  • Keep a jug of water in the fridge to cool rather than running water until its cold.
  • Install a flow restrictor on faucets to save up to 20 litres of water per day.
  • When running the dishwasher, run full loads on shorter cycles.
  • When washing dishes by hand, fill a second sink or a bucket with rinse water rather than letting the water run; then use the rinse water at room temperature for household plants, outdoor planters or flower beds.
  • Scrape contents from dishes into a bucket and take out to the compost rather than rinsing with water; not only will this save hundreds of litres of water per year, the compost will break down into a nutrient rich soil for the garden that retains water well. Be sure to throw vegetable and fruit waste into the bucket too, to help build the compost.
  • Replace worn washers and seals. A leaky faucet or shower head can waste about 90 litres of water per day.
  • Leaking pipes or service lines can damage homes and yards in addition to all the water waste. Water meters have built-in detectors which will alert homeowners when there's a leak so they know to call in the plumber to make repairs
  • Water meters are designed to check leaks. View our flyer (PDF) to learn how to read water meters.