RENOVATIONS

When renovating your home, use the opportunity to include water saving appliances, fittings and designs.

BATHROOM

SHOWER

If your shower can fill a ten-litre bucket in less than 60 seconds it is using more water than you need for a great shower. Think about installing a low flow shower head or a flow restrictor*.  Contact us to see if you are eligible for a free water efficient shower head**.


To choose your low flow shower head look for one with 9 litres per minute flow or less, or with 3 blue water stars or above. Shop around - there are some excellent shower heads available that provide the same level of experience as a normal one but use significantly less water.  In some plumbing stores you can test low flow showerheads. Some companies will even let you trial their products e.g. https://www.methven.com/nz/methven-trial-handset/

 

TAPS

Install low flow taps (4 water star rating or above) or add a tap aerator to reduce your water flow while still getting good pressure. Aerators are great for hand basins and sinks that you don’t often fill with water.

 

TOILET

  • If your toilet is older than 2005, it is probably using 13 litres or more per full flush compared to 6 litres or less for a more modern toilet.  Consider using a weighted flush limiter (gizmo) giving you control over how much water is used per flush***. Alternatively, stand a full drink bottle in the cistern to help reduce the flush volume.
  • If you think your toilet might be leaking into the bowl, do a leak test.  Here are some tips on how to fix a leaking toilet
  • If you are replacing your toilet, the water efficiency labelling scheme (WELS) can help you choose a water efficient toilet. The more blue stars, the more water efficient the toilet. 

 

For other water saving tips check out our smart water bathroom tips.

 

*Flow restrictors are not recommended for homes with low pressure hot water cylinders.

**Residents of Hamilton & Waipā District may be eligible for a free replacement low flow shower head.

***Residents of Hamilton & Waipā District can request a free gizmo

KITCHEN

SINK

Install low flow taps or add a tap aerator to limit your water flow, you’ll save water without even noticing. Ditch the waste disposal unit and use a worm farm or compost instead.

 

DISHWASHER

When shopping for a new dishwasher, use the water efficiency labelling scheme (WELS) to help you choose. Always remember that the more blue stars on the WELS label, the more water efficient the dishwasher is.

 

For other water saving tips check out our smart water kitchen tips.

LAUNDRY

LAUNDRY TUB/SINK

Choose a tub that has a water efficient tap or consider installing flow restricting aerators on your existing sink taps.

 

WASHING MACHINE

If shopping for a new washing machine, look out for the blue water efficiency label (WELS) to help you choose. Just remember, the more stars on the WELS label, the more water efficient the washing machine is.

 

For other water saving tips check out our smart water laundry tips.

OUTDOOR IMPROVEMENTS

RAINWATER HARVESTING

Collecting rainwater from your roof and storing in a water tank/rain barrel is a great source of water for your garden without having to use drinking water from your house. Even a 220-litre barrel for watering the garden can significantly reduce the amount of treated water you use. For more information check out our rainwater harvesting tips.

 

PLANTING

Be selective on what, when and where you plant in your garden. For more information check out our smart water garden tips.

 

LANDSCAPING

When planning or revamping your outdoor landscape, consider using materials that allow rain to soak into your soil and garden. Crushed shells, pebbles, gravels, permeable pavers and mulch are good materials to use and can help reduce flooding and pooling during heavy rainfall.

 

PAVING/DECKING

When paving, use porous material or ground cover in the gaps instead of mortar. This helps counter the warming effect of pavers and provides another way for rain to soak into the soil.

 

SWIMMING POOL

When retrofitting or building a swimming pool think about investing in a water efficient pool filter and a good fitting pool cover. Around the pool area think about strategic placement of trees and shrubs to give your pool protection from wind & sun, helping to reduce evaporation. For other water saving tips check out our smart water pool tips.

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