How to Stay Water Wise this Summer

by limniospropertygroup | 22. November 2018 15:11

In Australia, the world’s driest inhabited continent, it is especially important that we conserve our water. As WA continues to experience the effects of a drying climate and a growing population, it is vital that we work together to reduce our water consumption and become water-wise in our homes and gardens.

1. Be Sprinkler Smart 

Ensuring your irrigation system is not over watering your garden and lawn can save a lot of water!  If you have a garden bore, you do get one extra watering day – but don’t forget that sprinkler restrictions still apply. Bore water is a precious resource we share with our neighbours, as well as your local schools, parks and ovals.

2. Know Your Watering Days

The biggest water savings you can make are in the garden. Watering early in the morning is best as it allows for the water to soak into the roots and be available to your plants throughout the day when they need it most. Knowing your water days is important not just for your own garden and household, but also for your community – everyone plays a part and working together makes all the difference.

Find out your watering days, no matter the time of year or where you live. Remember to always stick to your roster and only water once (either before 9am or after 6pm) on your allocated days – even if you use a garden bore.  Head to the following link to find your watering days online:

3. Watch Out for Leaks!

Leaks can be extremely wasteful and costly, and are commonly found both inside and outside the home. Regularly checking taps, pipes and fittings around your property could save precious water.

Inside the home: Look in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry for dripping taps or leaking washing machine and dishwasher connections. Damp patches on the walls may also indicate that something’s not quite right, and you want to get this checked before the summer season truly begins. You can also check your toilet for leaks by placing a few drops of food colouring in the tank. Without flushing it, look for colouring in the toilet bowl. If it’s getting through then you have a leak.

Outside the home: Look around your garden for any outdoor garden taps/hoses, garden irrigation (including sprinklers) or exposed pipe work. We also recommend checking your hot water systems and air conditioning units, and looking for damp and unstable brick paving and garden areas that may be moist and greener than expected.

4. Take Part in Simple Practices

Reduce Your Shower Time: Almost 1/4 of household water is used in the shower. Cutting your shower time by just 2 minutes can result in a water saving of up to 30%.

Collect Cold Water: Instead of watching the cold water go down the drain as you wait for it to heat up, grab bucket and collect it, then use it to water your pot plants and garden.You could be catching as much as 10L for every minute you are waiting for the water to heat up!

Cutting your tap time in half, scraping your leftover food in the bin instead of the sink or even looking for ways to transform your garden into a low-maintenance water wise initiative are all positive steps in the right direction.


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