Living Smart


Conserving Water

Our water bills reflect the cost of catching, treating and delivering clean water to our taps, and managing our sewerage and waste water. More water being used and treated will increase our water bills.

Once you have gained an understanding of where you are using water in your home you can start looking closer at the behaviours and water using appliances/ fixtures to start attempting to reduce your consumption.

Doing an audit and learning to read your meter to detect leaks are great first steps. We highly recommend that you participate in the module activities so that you can have a baseline assessment to measure your reduction achievements against.

We have included a series of Waterwise factsheets and other resources below to help you on your way to being a Living Smart with water household.

Demand Less

Taking shorter showers, using rain water to wash the car and using efficient appliances are all ways to reduce our use.  To lower your water bills, you have to demand less treated water flowing into your home.

Don’t waste it

Reusing water from your washing machine on your garden, flushing the toilet with greywater or just turning the tap off while cleaning your teeth, are easy ways to stop wasting precious water.

Secure the source

Costs of treating water will increase if the quality of water in our waterways and dams is reduced.  Healthy waterways will naturally filter water and well-managed catchments receive less erosion and pollution. We can all protect our clean water supply by not washing chemicals down our sinks, prevent litter getting into our stormwater drains and caring for our catchments.

You will need to contact your council for approval to setup a diversion / storage system to use in your home for a more constant supply of greywater to the toilet or garden irrigation.  More sophisticated systems can treat greywater to a standard that supplies your washing machine and for other uses.

Virtual / embedded water

Buy and support products that use less water in their production. Industry and agriculture are the biggest users of water.  Crops such as rice, cotton and sugarcane are at the top of the list of water used per hectare.  Pasture for grazing on dairy farms, beef cattle and lambs is using the largest total amount of water use agriculturally in Australia. Nearly seven times as much water is used to make bottled water than what you actually drink from the bottle!

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Activity Centre

Make a commitment to how you can save water in your household by adopting some new actions around the home
In the Activity Centre you can setup a Living Smart profile and access calculators,
challenges, tools and games.

Useful Tips and Facts

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