• When washing fruit and veggies, use a small bowl instead of a running tap. Then you can also reuse that water on your pot plants!
  • Slow the flow! Consider installing aerators or flow restrictors on your sink taps - you'll save water without even noticing.
  • Don't use running water to defrost food. For water efficiency and food safety, defrost food in the fridge.


  • Modern dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand.  However, it’s important to fill your dishwasher completely before running it.
  • Read the manual to learn more about the different settings on your dishwasher, many modern machines offer ‘Eco’ or ‘Economy’ setting which use less water and energy.
  • When shopping for a new dishwasher, use the water efficiency labelling scheme (WELS) to help you choose. Always remember that the more stars on the WELS label, the more water efficient the dishwasher is.


  • Waste disposal units use about 30 litres of water per day and send a lot of extra rubbish into water treatment plants. Try using a worm farm or compost instead.


  • Don't cut back on the amount of water you drink. Instead, try putting a large bottle of tap water in the fridge rather than waiting for the tap to run cold each time.
  • Don't tip any left-over water down the sink - give your pot plants a drink!
  • Fill the kettle with only what you need - this saves water and electricity.
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