Living Smart


Living Smart With Water

Saving water will save you money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help to keep our waterways healthy.

The South East Queensland Water Strategy (2010) challenges SEQ to maintain an average residential consumption at or below 200 litres per person per day (Target 200).

If this target is achieved, future water supplies can be deferred and the amount of water that is treated and distributed throughout the SEQ Water Grid can be reduced—saving money and electricity and reducing the carbon footprint.

The Living Smart Water resources are focused around simple steps to conserve and protect the quality of our water resources. Find out how easy it is to measure water usage in your household and explore the many ways you currently use and can save water in your home.

The water module challenges members of your household to both change their behaviours/habits around the home as well as installing water conserving devices and appliances.

Outcomes for your household in embracing sustainable water habits in your household may include:
  • Reduction of water costs.
  • Reduction of energy costs
  • Improvement of water quality
  • Increased awareness/enjoyment/understanding of your local waterways
  • Reduced pollution – greenhouse gases, toxins in waterways, resource consumption

Navigate your way through the Water space for practical information and complete the corresponding activities to complete the Living Smart Water module and become a Water Smart household!

Easy actions you can take

Estimated savings

Showers are the biggest user of electric hot water in most homes. Install a 3 star rated water-efficient showerhead.

save more than half a tonne of greenhouse gas each year.


Take shorter showers


save up to half a kilogram of greenhouse gas for every minute.


Avoid using small amounts of hot water and wasting litres while waiting for hot water to come out of the tap.

Save 200 kilograms of greenhouse gas each year.


Switch off your hot water systems if you’re going away for more than a few days.


save 1.4 kilograms per day you are away.


Choose a dishwasher carrying energy efficient labels, look for models with 4-star ratings and only run your dishwasher when it’s fully loaded.

Reduce the 500 kilograms of greenhouse gas inefficient dishwashers generate each year.

Fit a timer switch on your pool filter and run for the minimum recommended time.


Save a kilogram of greenhouse gas for every 1 to 3 hours you reduce running time.


Wash clothes in cold water


Generate less than a third of a kilogram of greenhouse gas per wash.

Activity Centre

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challenges, tools and games.

Useful Tips and Facts

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