Water Conservation Water Conservation

Be WaterWise in the Scenic Rim Region.

The information below has been designed to assist you in conserving water.

Water in the Home

Bathroom
  • The toilet
    Install a duel flush 6 litre/3 litre toilet.
    Make sure the toilet button doesn't stick after flushing.
    Place food colouring in the toilet tank. If the colouring appears in the toilet bowl, there is a leak.
  • The shower
    Install a water saving (AAA rated) shower head.
    Have a quicker shower. A long shower can use 250 litres of water. It is better to run a bath if you want a long soak.
    Turn the water off while you shampoo or condition your hair.
  • The bath
    Put the plug in the bathtub before turning the water on, then adjust the temperature.
    Bathe your children together.
  • The sink
    Turn off the water while you shave or brush your teeth.

Kitchen

  • Dishwashers use about 40 litres of water per wash. Make sure it is full before starting.
  • When washing dishes by hand don't let the water run while you rinse. Fill one sink with water and use this to rinse.
  • Don't use running water to thaw food.
  • Keep a jug of water in the fridge instead of running the tap for cold drinks.
  • Cook food in as little water as possible.
  • Wash vegies in a sink that is partly filled with water, rather than running them under the tap.
  • Use the one glass to drink water from each day to cut down on washing up.
  • Avoid rinsing dishes before putting them in the Dishwasher.
  • Install an instant hot water heater on your kitchen sink so you don't need to leave water run while it heats up.

Laundry

  • Match the water level to the size of the load.
  • Wash only when you have a full load.
  • Buy a washing machine that has a AAA rating

Water in the Workplace

  • Install water saving devices into taps (flow control valves, taps with electronic sensors etc)
  • Check the location of your hot water system. Ensure that the temperature is set correctly and that water pipes are properly insulated.
  • Check on a regular basis, for dripping taps and leaking toilets. Put in place a notificates system for leaks or faults.
  • Stop cyclic flushing of urinals. Consider changing them to demand flush.
  • Showers and appliances such as dishwashers or washing machines should be A, AA or AAA rated.
  • Consider installing flow control valves if the water pressure is too high.

Water at School

Where is water used?

  • Taps & Fountains
    • Ensure that students are aware of the importance of turning off drinking fountains
      and taps.
    • Signs and Stickers at water fountains are an excellent way to remind students and staff about the importance of turning off the tap properly.
    • Leaking drinking fountains can waste a lot of water. Damage to fountains often occurs
      through misuse and vandalism. Set up an incentive program which will encourage
      students and staff to report damaged fountains immediately.
    • Water flow from fountains can be reduced through the installation of flow control disks
      and aerators in all taps. These low cost items will reduce water waste by cutting water
      flows by up to 50%.
       
  • Toilets & Showers
    • Ensure maintenance staff switch off the urinal systems when the school is empty.
      Install a demand or timed urinal.
    • Leaking cisterns can use a lot of water (to test if the cistern is leaking use food colouring in the top of the cistern and look for signs of leaking into the bowl).
    • The best way to reduce water in the toilet is to install a dual flush 6 litre/3 litre cistern.
    • Signage in toilets at school can help to ensure students are continually aware of the
      importance of turning off the hand basin tap.
    • Organise regular checks by teachers to ensure students are not wasting water.
      Install flow control disks to hand basin taps.
    • Encourage shorter showers.
    • Replace your standard shower rose with a high efficiency (AAA rated) shower rose.
    • Have maintenance staff do a weekly check of all hand basins to check for leaks and any vandalism damage.

 

  • Grounds & Gardens
    • Schools generally have large areas for playgrounds, ovals and gardens. The first step in reducing outdoor water use is to enlist the support of your ground staff and make them aware of the importance of using water wisely.
    • Water the grass less frequently. Ensure grass and plants are watered to meet their individual needs. GENERALLY TWICE A WEEK IS ALL A PLANT NEEDS. By watering less frequently you are making your grass and plants more hardy.
    • To check whether the grass needs watering, step on the grass. If it springs back up when you move it doesn't need water. If it stays flat it needs watering.
    • Water grass in the evening or early morning. In cooler times less water is lost through evaporation.
    • Don't water plants or grass in windy conditions, large amounts of water are blown away.
      Where possible, reduce the area of your school which is covered by grass. Use paving or bark instead.
    • Mulch gardens. When you mulch you can reduce your water use by up to 70%. Mulch holds the moisture around the plants and decreased the number of times you need to water.
    • Remove weeds from gardens, these use water too.
    • Plant low water use plants. Australian Natives are often the best because they are used to the Australian climate.
    • Use a bucket and sponge when cleaning cars and equipment. Use the hose only for rinsing.
    • Avoid watering on roads or pathways. Position sprinklers so that all the water lands on the lawn or garden.
    • Install drip and micro irrigation systems.
    • Repair dripping taps which can waste 30 litres of water per day. A continuous dribbling tap can waste 600 litres per day.
    • Encourage students to be on the lookout for dripping taps and report them to maintenance staff. 
  • Cleaning
    • Use a broom and not the hose to clean paths.
    • Repair dripping taps.
    • Only heavily used or specialty classrooms need to be mopped every day.
    • Install a water efficient washing machine.
    • Install aerators and flow control devices on all taps.
       
  • At the Pool
    • Erect signs around the pool and in the change rooms to remind pool users of the importance of conserving water.
    • Don't empty your pool in winter. Emptying can use over 100,000 litres of water.
    • Install a pool cover. By using a pool cover, evaporation can be reduced by around 80%. Up to 200 litres of water per day can be lost through evaporation.
    • Check for leaks in your pool.
    • To check for leaks float a bucket of water in your pool. Leave it for forty-eight hours. Compare the level in the bucket with the level in the pool. If they are not the same, water is being lost by leaks or splashing.
       
  • Tuckshop or Canteen
    • Soak dishes in the sink rather than rinsing dishes under running water.
    • Wait for a full load before turning on the dishwasher.
    • Regulate the urn so that it does not operate on high at all times.
    • Report dripping or leaking taps.

Water Outside the Home

 

Garden

  • When adding new plants prepare the garden bed with good soil, water storing granules and wetting agent.
  • Use mulch on your garden to retain the moisture.
  • Only water until the top 15cm of soil is wet.
  • Only water once or twice a week.
  • Avoid watering when it is windy.
  • Check for leaks in pipes, hoses and fittings.
  • Grow drought tolerant plants.
  • Group your plants according to water needs.
  • Remove weeds.
  • Water plants in the morning or evening to reduce chances of evaporation.
  • Water the roots of your plants and not the leaves.
  • Water pot plants by dunking them in a pot of water, wait until the bubbles disappear and do the next pot.
  • An auto irrigation system can be an efficient way to water your garden and save water.
  • Reduce areas of lawn.
  • Store rain water.

Lawn

  • During drought conditions, accept a less-than-lush lawn. Grass will regenerate when water is available.
  • Minimise grass areas, replace them with paths which can be swept, or other forms of landscaping.

General

  • Don't leave the tap running while washing your car.
  • Use a bucket and sponge and only use the hose to rinse, when washing your car.
  • Ensure your swimming pool filter is in good working condition.
  • Don't empty your pool in winter. Emptying can use over 100,000 litres of water.
  • Install a pool cover. By using a pool cover, evaporation can be reduced by around 80%. Up to 200 litres of water per day can be lost through evaporation.
  • Check for leaks in your pool.
  • Sweep paths, don't use a hose

Water at the Sportsground

  • Water the grass less frequently.
  • To Check whether the grass needs watering, step on the grass.
    If it springs back up when you move it doesn't need water.
    If it stays flat it needs watering.
  • Water grass in the evening or early morning. In cooler times less water is lost through evaporation.
  • Don't water plants or grass in windy conditions, large amounts of water are blown away.
  • Mulch gardens. When you mulch you can reduce your water use by up to 70%. Mulch holds the
  • Moisture around the plants and decreased the number of times you need to water.
  • Remove weeds from gardens, these use water too.
  • Plant low water use plants. Australian Natives are often the best because they are used to the Australian climate.
  • Avoid watering on roads or pathways. Position sprinklers so that all the water lands on the grass or garden.
  • Install drip and micro irrigation systems for your garden.
  • Repair dripping taps which can waste 30 litres of water per day. A continuous dribbling tap can waste 600 litres per day