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Water Conservation

Hurstville City Council encourages the residents and businesses of Hurstville City to take measures to reduce water consumption.

Australia is the driest continent in the world, yet water is something we generally take it for granted. Sydneysiders alone use an average of 412 litres of water a day each, which is 20 times more than the World Health Organisation defines as a bare minimum. Benefits of water conservation include:

  • reduces demand on water supply
  • saves money on water bills
  •  reduces the need for new dams  
  • reduces stormwater runoff from properties that can cause local flooding problems
Tips for saving water in the home
  • install a water saving showerhead - showerheads which are ‘AAA-rated’ save water, money and help protect the environment. ‘AAA’ is part of the national water conservation-labelling scheme. The more 'A's, the more efficient the showerhead. Water saving showerheads can be purchased from retail outlets, plumber and hardware stores and bathroom specialists
  • covert to a dual flush toilet – traditional single flush toilets use 11 litres per flush whereas dual flush toilets can save around 22,000 – 35,000 litres of water per year. A simple way to make your toilet dual flush is to place a bottle of water or a brick in the cistern to reduce the amount of water used each flush
  • install a rainwater tank - rainwater tanks are one of the most effective ways of conserving water and saving money on water bills. Water tanks collect rainwater via the household’s stormwater guttering system which can be then used to water the garden and for indoor purposes. Learn more about Rainwater tanks
  • install tap aerators and flow regulators on taps. They can be simply screwed onto the end of a tap and reduce the flowrate while aerating the water
  • take shorter showers
  • turn the tap off when you brush your teeth or shave
  • clean and peel vegetables in a plugged sink rather than with the water running
  • repair dripping taps – one leaking tap can waste more than 500 litres a day
  • purchases dishwashers and washing machines with an AAA rating. Although more expensive, front loading washing machines are much more water and energy efficient than top loaders
  • adjust the load level of washing machines if not doing a full load.
Tips for saving water outdoors
  • water gardens in the early morning or late evening as there is less evaporation during the cooler parts of the day. Otherwise only water when required by checking soil to see if it is damp
  • install a tap timer and drip irrigation system to water the garden more efficiently
  • use mulch to reduce evaporation and stop weeds growing
  • choose native plants which need less water and can survive on rainfall alone
  • use a broom instead of a hose to clean paths and the driveway
  • use a bucket and not the hose to wash your car. Ten minutes spent hosing driveways and paths uses around 200 litres of water
  • use a pool cover to help reduce evaporation.
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