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  • How much water is used in your home
  • Tips to help you become more water efficient
  • Where to find waterwise products to help you save water

Did you know that most of the water used across urban areas of Western Australia is used at home? Climate change is making us all think about the way we use water. You may not realise it, but how you shower, clean your dishes and water your garden impacts the environment.

We recently undertook a water use study which identified most water used inside the home is in the shower, with household showers accounting for 24% of the total water used in the home.

Here is how most of us use our water around our home and garden:


Simple ways to save water

Knowing how most of us use water in the home can help us identify where and how to save water. By making a few small changes, you'll not only reduce your water use, but you can also save energy and money on your water bills too.

There are many easy ways you can make a difference and use water more efficiently inside and outside the home. 

1. Keep your showers short and sweet

Inside the home, we tend to use most of our water in the shower - with household showers accounting for 24% of total water used in the home. Cutting your shower time by just 2 minutes can save up to 30% water. Try using a shower timer or your favourite 4 minute song to time your showers. And if you’re waiting for the water to heat up, why not collect the cold water in a bucket to water your garden. Find more ways to save water during shower time.

2. Water when it matters

The biggest water savings come from outside the home, so water when it matters. Sticking to your watering days and only watering once on those days is enough. Before 9am is best as it allows the water to soak into the plant’s roots and be available throughout the day.

Ensure you select appropriate sprinklers for the area and plants you’re watering, and correctly program your irrigation system. You can even try hydro-zoning your plants by grouping plants with similar watering needs together. Get more watering tips for your garden.

3. Fix those leaks

Not all leaks are easy to find, especially if they’re hidden in the walls of your house or underground in your retic pipes. If you don’t find and fix them, you could be wasting up to 10,000L per year! Multiple leaks could be wasting even more water, so use our handy leak detection tool to check if you have a leak and fix it.

4. Set the optimal sprinkler run time

Your garden isn’t as thirsty as you think. Different types of sprinklers have varying watering rates, so make sure you check the recommended watering times for your sprinkler type. And if rain is forecast, turn your sprinklers off and let nature do the watering for you.

Remember, in Perth and parts of the South West from 1 June to 31 August the Winter Sprinkler Switch-off is in place, so set a reminder to turn those sprinklers off.

5. Hang up the rubber gloves

Did you know a WELS 4-star dishwasher uses less water than washing your dishes by hand? Just make sure it’s full before you press start or change the setting to half load if it’s available. Read more kitchen water saving advice.

Rubber gloves hanging on the kitchen faucet

6. Wash clothes more efficiently

Same goes for your laundry! Pile up your dirty clothes until you have a full load to reduce your water usage. Cutting back on your washing by just one load a week will save up to 50L. Choose a short, cool wash cycle where possible, saving water and energy. Learn more about saving water in the laundry.

7. Keep your pool or spa covered

Keep the pool cover on when your pool or spa isn’t in use. This helps prevent the water and expensive pool chemicals from evaporating and keep your pool warmer and the leaves out – bonus! When looking for pool covers and other products for outside, keep your eye out for the Waterwise and Smart Approved WaterMark logos.

8. Protect your garden with mulch

If you’re time-poor, topping your garden bed with a course, chunky mulch, is one of the easiest things you can do to save time in the garden. Applying a generous layer between 5-10cm across the surface of the soil can greatly reduce evaporation loss, improve the soil, reduce weed growth and enhance the appearance of your garden. Get more low maintenance tips for a waterwise garden.

9. Turn off the tap while you brush

Every minute you leave the tap running wastes up to 10L of water. 8 out of 10 people have adopted the habit of turning the tap off while they brush their teeth, have you?

10. Rethink your lawn habits

A green lawn is often thought of as the centrepiece to a beautiful garden, but water isn’t the only thing you need to get that gorgeous green. You can save time caring for your lawn by using a wetting agent at least 3 times a year. Get more expert tips for maintaining a healthy lawn.

Waterwise product advice

Using waterwise approved products around your home will help you use water more efficiently. Together with Australia’s water conservation label, Smart Approved WaterMark, our waterwise product endorsement program makes it easy for you to identify these products.

Look out for the Waterwise and Smart Approved WaterMark logos when shopping for waterwise approved products, or browse recommended products on the Smart Approved WaterMark website.