Save Water with Efficient Plumbing
Up to 40% of a households water is used in the toilet and bathroom. You can choose from a range of water efficient plumbing products to improve your home’s water efficiency.
Toilets are perhaps the biggest water wasting appliance in your household. Around 20% of all water used in a house is flushed down the toilet. Upgrading an old toilet to a new water efficient system can make a huge difference to your household water consumption.
- An old toilet system can use up to 12 litres of water per flush. New water efficient toilets used around 4 litres.
- Replacing a single flush toilet with a dual flush system saves around 51 litres a day, or 10% of our daily water usage. Liquids and paper flush uses 70% less water. These can be installed fairly quickly.
- A single flush toilet costs three times as much as a dual flush toilet to maintain over a 10 year period.
Reducing your shower time is one of the best ways to save water, but installing water efficient shower heads is also a great way to cut your water consumption.
- Standard shower heads use 15-25 litres of water a minute. Water efficient shower heads use 6-7 litres per minute.
- Over the course of a year, an energy efficient shower head will save 14,500 litres of water per household.
- Gas hot water costs for a standard shower head are almost double that of a water efficient shower head.
Saving tap water
A running tap uses around 16 litres of water a minute. A leaking tap can waste up to 30-200 litres a day. Try the following tips to avoid wasting tap water:
- Install water efficient taps and fix any leaking taps immediately.
- Never leave the tap running while you brush your teeth.
- Never leave the tap running while you shave.
- Never wash your dishes using a running tap.
Other water conservation tips
- When buying new appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines, look for those with the highest WELS rating (a water efficiency measurement). The most efficient appliances use 50-67% less water than older models.
- Check for evidence of water and toilet leaks regularly. A good way to do so is by checking the water meter while all appliances, taps and toilets are not in use. If your meter is turning, this can indicate a water leakage.