In this article

  • How to reduce the amount of water your toilet uses
  • How to check for toilet leaks
  • Where to find waterwise approved products for your bathroom

There are many different ways you can save water in the bathroom, and your toilet is always a great place to start. A Waterwise Plumber can help you install water efficient products, identify and fix leaks and get you on the right path to saving water in your home.

Here’s how you can save water with every flush.

Constant trickle in the toilet bowl?

A trickle in the toilet can waste around 9,000L of water a year if not repaired. Leaks can sometimes be hard to spot, but you can easily check your toilet for leaks by putting a couple of drops of food colouring into the cistern and leaving it for half an hour. If you see the colour start to appear in the toilet bowl then you’ve got a leak and should contact a Waterwise Plumber to fix it.

Go for dual flush

If you have a single flush toilet, upgrading to a dual flush system can save up to 80L of water per day.

When replacing your toilet, choose water efficient WELS 4 star models, which only use 3L for a half flush and 4.5L for a full flush. A Waterwise Plumber can install your new toilet and once it’s in, be sure to use the half flush where possible.

Flushing a dual flush toilet

Your toilet is not a rubbish bin

Remember, only flush the 3 Ps down the loo – pee, poo and (toilet) paper. All other objects such as feminine hygiene products, wet wipes, cotton tips, tissues, paper towels and food waste need to go in the bin. Flushing these down the toilet not only wastes valuable water, but it also places additional strain on our wastewater system. Get more tips on how to dispose of different types of waste safely.