Most of us will be spending more time at home with our families over the summer holidays, and this usually means your home water use will go up.

As the weather heats up, water plays are role in more fun summer activities like spending time in the swimming pool, running through sprinklers, using evaporative air-conditioning for indoor activities and longer or more frequent showers.

To help you put things into perspective, last summer the average household used 1,062 litres of water per day, which is a 175% increase from spring and 293% more than winter. In bucket terms, the average person uses 51 buckets in summer compared to 27 in spring!

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Family shower time

Did you know showers contribute to almost 25% of household water use? A good way to save water is by sharing baths. If that’s not your thing, try our other favourite trick: keep showers under 4 minutes and play your kids’ favourite song. To save you some time, we’ve created Spotify playlists featuring the greatest 4 minute hits.

You could also make shower time more fun by getting your kids to see how much water they can catch into a bucket to then use the garden, and you’ll be on track for a gold star from us!

Spot check clothes

Encourage your kids to spot check their clothes before tossing them in the laundry basket. If their clothes aren’t that dirty, place them back in their drawers ready for another day. While we’re on the topic of laundry, waiting until you have a full load to run is another simple way to save water!

Switch it up

Kids like to switch it up. Task your school-aged kids with learning your allocated watering days, then input these days into your irrigation system. If you’re hand waterers, they can note in the family calendar and have the responsibility to water the garden on the allocated watering days! Check your watering days.

Get an extra pair of hands in the kitchen

Involve your kids in dinner preparations by letting them make some menu choices. Once they’ve chosen, there are waterwise ways they can prep. Use a plug in the sink or a bowl to wash veggies—a running tap really adds to water wastage (turn it off during teeth brushing too!). Another simple hack is to keep bottles or jugs of tap water in the fridge, so you don’t need to run the tap until it gets cold enough to drink.

We can all do something to save water, and as climate change continues to impact our water sources, it’s never been more important to work together and adapt the way we use water. Learn more about our water sources.