• Shorten your shower. Each minute you add to your shower time uses about 12 litres of water. For a household of three that extra minute costs you about $90 a year in electricity.
  • To help keep track of time, try using a shower timer. Contact us and we'll send you one for free!*
  • Consider installing a low flow shower head. Their clever design gives you the feel of a normal shower but can significantly reduce the amount of water used.
  • Don't just watch the shower warming up! Use a bucket in the shower to catch water as it warms up. It's easy to carry out of the house so you can keep water hungry herbs happy in summer.


*Free shower timer available to Hamilton, Waikato District and Waipā residents only.



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  • When running the bath put the plug in first and adjust the temperature as the tub fills.
  • Reduce the depth of your bath. The average amount of water used for a half full bath is 80 litres, compared to 140 litres for a full bath.
  • Baths typically use more water than having a shower but if you have a power shower or take longer than 10 minutes in the shower, a bath may be more water-efficient.
  • Use eco-friendly products and then you can reuse your bath water on your house plants or garden.


  • Turn off the tap when you are brushing your teeth.
  • Rinse your razor in a plugged sink, not running water.
  • Consider installing water aerators on all your bathroom taps.
  • Turn the taps off tightly and check all your taps for leaks.


  • Check your toilet doesn't leak.  A continuously running toilet can waste more than 700 litres of water a day.
  • Don't use your toilet as a rubbish bin. Only pees, poos and paper should be flushed, the rest should go in the bin.
  • Use the correct dual flush option (half-flush for liquid waste and a full-flush for solid waste).
  • Consider installing a toilet weight flush limiter if your toilet is pre-2005. This simple gadget gives you control of how much water is used each flush.
  • Stand a 2 litre plastic soft drink bottle in your cistern to save water every time you flush. This can achieve savings of up to 5,000 litres per year.
  • When shopping for a new toilet, use the water efficiency labelling scheme (WELS) to help you choose. Just remember, the more stars on the WELS label, the more water efficient the toilet is.
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