Seven ways to be more water wise in Melbourne

10 February 2020

Join our mission to conserve water across our city, as the climate emergency puts pressure on water supplies.

Water is becoming scarcer in Australia and around the world due to longer periods without rain. Last year was our driest year on record.

We’re also experiencing more intense weather events, so – when it does rain – flooding is more likely. This is a complex challenge and we all need to take action to mitigate and adapt to these impacts.

As a council, we are leading the way in integrated water management. We have invested $40 million in stormwater harvesting, and capture and reuse around 180,000 kilolitres of water per year.

We use this water to irrigate our parks and gardens, and for non-potable uses in our libraries and other Council facilities, which helps us save precious drinking water.

With your help, we can make an even greater impact. The Victorian Government is urging all Melburnians to reduce their water consumption. We encourage you to take the challenge, and spread the word.

Here are some simple ways you can begin using water more efficiently, and make a difference for the whole of Melbourne.

1. Be smart in the bathroom
Shave a minute off your shower and don’t leave the water running while you brush your teeth. This will set a good example for your family members or housemates too.

2. Don’t waste the warm-up
While you are waiting for water to warm up, or rinsing vegetables or grains, catch the excess in a container and use it to water plants and top up pet bowls.

3. Fix that drip
Dripping taps can waste 30 to 200 litres of water per day, so replace washers or other components as required. If you see a leak on common property or in a public place, report it.

4. Use smart appliances
Choose a front-loading washing machine, which is more water-efficient. Using a cold water cycle can also save you about $115 a year in energy costs.

5. Wash on a full load
Save water and energy by only running your dishwasher or washing machine with a full load.

6. Prepare your garden
Use mulch on your garden or pot plants to reduce water evaporation by up to 70 per cent.

7. Check your tank
Ensure your rainwater tank is properly connected and working. It’s not uncommon for tanks in apartment complexes to be disconnected due to some small issue, so check with your body corporate.

To find out more about what we’re doing to conserve water across the municipality, and more tips on how to save water, visit Urban water.

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