If we all do our bit and save a little, it will make a big difference.
Find out where you're using the most water and where you could make savings.
Learn how to read your water meter(PDF, 232KB) and monitor your water usage.
To find out your daily water use, write down your first meter reading. About the same time the next day write down the second meter reading. The difference between the two readings is your daily water use.
Do this each day for a week to pin point when your household is using the most water and find out where you can make savings.
Finding and fixing visible leaks is usually simple:
Check the flowrate(PDF, 44KB) of your taps and showers to see if you need to install aerators to reduce the water consumption. Aerators on taps and showerheads can still give a great experience while using, with less water.
Note: Stick to a quick shower instead of a bath. A bath can use well over 100 litres of water. A short shower can use less than 30 litres of water.
Check out how much water your toilet uses, the size of the cistern tank can be a good indication if there are no labels visible. Single flush and even some dual flush systems use large amounts of water. You can dramatically reduce water use by installing water efficient dual flush systems.
Find out how your appliances compare to others using the WELS Water Rating and be sure to only use the washing machine and dishwasher when full.
Reduce the amount of mains water that you use by installing a rainwater tank and use the water you collect in the garden or have it plumbed into the house.
We hear a lot about the Woronora and Warragamba Dams, but did you know that these dams don’t supply water to the Campbelltown Local Government Area (LGA) or the Macarthur region?
Water for the Macarthur region is supplied by the Nepean, Avon, Cordeaux and Cataract Dams, through a number of weirs and water filtration plants that collect and treat the water. In fact, the Cataract and Cordeaux Dams supply most of the water for the Macarthur region, which are primarily fed by rainwater.
The combined maximum holding capacity of Nepean, Avon, Cordeaux and Cataract Dams is only 20 per cent of the maximum holding capacity of the Warragamba Dam.
In Sydney, around 1500 megalitres of water is supplied to 1.7 million homes and businesses each day.
Households use around 70 per cent of this water, with the rest used by businesses and government.
Water restrictions make us more aware of how we use water, and where we will miss using it. Capturing and using water that would have normally disappeared down the drain is a great way to stretch the water you use by capturing your grey water.
Here are a few ways to make the most out of the water you use:
Water Restrictions are now known as the Water Wise Guidelines
Under the Water Wise Guidelines residents and businesses are not able to:
To find out more, visit Sydney Water.