While Australia is the driest inhabited continent on Earth, Australians, despite this water scarcity, we are among the highest consumers of water per capita in the world. With climate change making rainfall less predictable and in many cases much lower than long-term averages, saving freshwater where we can has never been more important.
However, there are a few things each and every one of us can do at home to play our part in reducing water use and waste, protect the freshwater environment, save money on our water bills and ensure our homes are safe from the potential of water damage.
Water Saving Tips from the Experts
- Fix those leaky taps – even a slowly dripping tap can waste up to 20,000 litres a year – water you pay for but never use.
Try a water saving shower head and fix aerators to your taps – a great and cheap way to save water and money. Limiting shower times to four minutes – the length of a good song – also helps.
- Keep a bottle of tap water in the fridge for drinking. This way you don’t need to run the tap in summer until it gets cold enough for drink.
- For older toilets without water saving features (like a dual flush), try taking up some of the space in your cistern by adding in a brick or some pebbles. This will decrease the volume of water used with each flush.
- A constant trickle into the toilet bowl wastes around 9,000 litres a year.
- To check for this type of leak, simply place a sheet of toilet paper under the rim in the back of the bowl (do this half an hour after the last flush when the bowl should be dry). If the paper soaks up water, you have a leaking cistern and need to call a plumber to fix it.
- Only use your dishwasher and washing machine with full loads to optimise water usage, or change the settings to suit the load.
- Install a water tank. In many locations, installing a water tank to collect roof run off is an easy and practical way of gathering rainwater for use in the home or garden.
- Each year the equivalent of around 700 million buckets of water is lost through residential leaks in Perth alone. Our detecting leaks page can help you find the leaks and take you through the steps for checking your water use. But, leaks can be tricky to spot, so if you’re experiencing excess water use it’s best to contact a plumber.
Expert Water Damage Clean Up Technicians
In the event you do suffer from water damage in your property, don’t wait to call in the professionals. Sewage Cleaning Australia is a comprehensive sewage and water damage clean up and restoration company, proudly servicing all metro and regional areas across Australia. Specialising in all water, sewage and flood damage remediation, we strive to provide a premium remediation service at the lowest cost. Contact us for an obligation-free quote and let us fix your sewage and water damage, no matter how big or small the problem.