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Water saving advice

Save water (and money) around your home.

Summer watering tips and advice

This year the Bureau of Meteorology predicts a long, hot summer ahead. Here are 5 top tips to keep your water use on Target 155 inside and outside the home.

  • Keep your balcony garden or veggie patch fresh all season by watering in the morning or late afternoon – just remember, slow and deep, two times a week.
  • Moved into a new home or been thinking it’s time to give your garden a refresh? Try to avoid planting new plant varieties over summer when soil conditions are dry. Plant in spring or wait until autumn when conditions are better – giving your plants enough time to thrive.
  • Planning to upgrade your white goods at the forthcoming summer sales? Consider 4 and 5 star WEL’s rated appliances which will save you lots of water and money in the long run.
  • When’s there’s a spike in temperature and you need to cool off by having a cold shower, keep it short and sweet – 3-5 minutes TOPS.
  • While permanent water saving rules apply, it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with the kids in the pool or the slip n slide – just remember when using your hose, it must be fitted with a trigger nozzle and check that's it's leak free. And if you’ve recently installed an in ground or above ground pool it’s worth investing in a pool cover – it will reduce evaporation by up to 30% and help conserve our water this season which is liquid gold.                                                                     

Check out more water saving advice, get a FREE water efficient showerhead or learn more about our fuss free toilet replacement program.

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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