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Water Conservation Measures and Water Saving Tips

Saving water is a great way to help save money on your water bill and help preserve our most precious natural resource. Port Macquarie-Hastings Council water conservation measures are simple, practical and commonsense ways for residents to help lessen the impact on our drinking water supplies and the environment.

Here are a few tips to help you save more water and money in your home. 

Inside your home:  

  • Check for household leaks
  • Install water efficient toilets, shower heads and taps or retrofit old taps with aerators or flow control devices
  • If you have an older toilet, install a cistern weight to control how much water is flushed. This can save up to 10 litres per day
  • Each minute you save in the shower saves between 9 and 20 litres of water depending on your shower head
  • Take a bucket into the shower with you and recycle the excess water in your garden
  • Catch running water while waiting for it to warm up. Use it to water plants, rinse dishes or wash fruit and vegetables; and 
  • Remember - the more water efficiency stars on your household products the more savings in your pocket.

Outside your home: 

  • Fit your hand-held hoses with a trigger  nozzle, and use between 4:00pm and 9:00am
  • Choose water efficient or native plants for your garden and water the soil not the plant. Mulch to reduce evaporation and check soil moisture before watering
  • Use a pool cover to help reduce evaporation
  • If water restrictions permit, wash your car on the grass with a bucket and use a trigger nozzle for rinsing, or visit a carwash that recycles water
  •  Use a broom or blower to clean driveways and paths; and
  • Use watering cans and buckets instead of hoses and sprinklers throughout the day.

Water usage and associated activities must not cause pollution as defined under the Protection of the Environment Operations (POEO) Act 1997.


This page was last updated on: 25 May 2017