The sound of spinning sprinklers in suburban front yards may be a quintessential sound of Aussie summer, but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily a good practice.
With Australia’s hot weather showing no signs of slowing down, many households across the country are using more than they really need to.
As Australians are among the highest consumers of water per capita in the world, we should be a little more mindful of saving fresh water – especially at a time where rainfall has become much less predictable, and in many areas, substantially lower than previous averages.
In the interest of saving water, we’ve put together a list of small adjustments you can make to your everyday water usage that can make a big impact on the environment.
Fix leaking taps
Slow dripping taps can waste up to 20,000L of water per year, so you can image how much those that drip a little faster waste. Fixing them will not only help you save water, it’ll also help you save on your water bill.
Get eco-friendly fixtures
Installing a water-saving shower head to your shower and aerators to your taps are an affordable and efficient way to cut water wastage.
Your dishwasher and washing machine use up a lot of water, so it’s best to only use them for full loads.
Make use of rainwater
You might want to consider installing a water tank. In many locations, installing a water tanks are used to collect roof runoff as an easy way of gathering rainwater to use in the home or yard.
Don’t over-water your lawn
You can train your lawn to need less water by prompting the roots to grow deeper. Another good tip is to change your mower settings to a higher level so that your grass is a bit longer – this way, the soil surface gets more shade and evaporates more slowly.
If you’re lucky enough to have a pool or spa in your backyard, it’s a good idea to keep it covered overnight or when you’re not using it. A good cover will help stop the water from evaporating – and, of course, keep leaves, twigs and dirt out.
Chlorine tablets and good filters are also a great way to keep your pool water fresh for longer, so you don’t need to change it as often.
Plant a water-wise garden
If you’re thinking of planting a new little garden, consider using plants with lower water requirements. Native Australian plants, for example, generally require less maintenance – and are incredibly beautiful to look at, too.