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Water saving advice

Save water (and money) around your home.

The average Victorian household currently uses approximately 161 litres of water per person per day. Where is all that water going?

Saving water isn’t difficult, in fact it can be as simple as having a shorter shower or thinking about the water efficiency of the new appliance you’re buying.

The previous years of drought in Melbourne have taught us the importance of valuing water even during times of plenty. Do you know where the most water is used in and around your home?


Average water use in a typical home*:

Table shows type and percentage of yearly water use
Type Percentage
Shower 26%
Garden 15%
Laundry 20%
Toilet 15%
Bathroom 7%
Kitchen 5%
Leaks 7%
Evaporative Cooling 5%

*The percentage of water use is based on an all year average.
Ref: Kein Gan and Michael Redhead, Smart Water Fund 2013, Melbourne Residential Water Use Studies.


Make it rain with our showerhead exchange program

Exchange your water-guzzling shower head for a new efficient one. All you need to do is swap your old showerheads and we'll give you brand new 3-star showerheads for free!

Water saving tips

Compare your machine

Use our washing machine calculator to find your next water efficient machine.

Try a front loader

When replacing your washing machine, consider a 4-star or better front loader to cut your water use by up to 50%.

Water saving gardens

Group plants according to their water needs.

Use mulch

Use mulch on your garden to reduce water evaporation by up to 70%.

Four minute shower

Reduce your shower time to four minutes and you could double your savings. Keep time using a shower timer or turn on the radio – shower for one four-minute song!

Efficient Showerhead

Swap your inefficient showerheads for 3-star water efficient ones. Save up to 13,500 litres of water per person per year.

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