An average home in the Lower Hunter uses about 173,000 litres of water a year. Making small changes to your water system can result in big savings.
- Check and repair leaking taps and pipes to reduce water bills and wastage. By repairing just one leaking tap in your home you can save 2,000 litres a month.
- Take shorter showers and turn off the tap while cleaning your teeth and shaving.
- Install a low flow water saving showerhead - it uses less than half the water of standard showerheads. Aerated taps are cheap to buy and will reduce water flow by 50%.
- Greywater is the wastewater from a hand basin, shower, bath, spa bath, and laundry. With water becoming more scarce, the installation of a greywater system can help you become self-sufficient with your water supply. Choose the right greywater system for your needs at www.metrowater.nsw.gov.au
- Rainwater tanks are great in helping to save water, and reducing stormwater run-off. It is important to remember that rainwater tanks are low maintenance not ‘NO’ maintenance systems and need to be checked regularly to ensure high water quality, efficiency, and the longevity of your rainwater tank. In Lake Macquarie City, most rainwater tanks do not need approval; however, there are limits on size and placement.
- Up to 60% of household water is used outdoors, with lawns consuming 90%. Mulch in garden beds prevents evaporation and reduces run off.
- Find more water saving tips at hunterwater.com.au
Source: Hunter Water Compliance Report 2017
Page last updated: 08 October 2018