Water is a precious resource and we rely on it every day. So, we need to use it wisely.
The previous years have been drier and hotter than what we normally experience in Northern Victoria and as a result, we've seen lower inflow levels into some of our water storages. Some of our storages dropped to levels unseen for some time in early 2019, and we had to introduce Stage 2 water restrictions in some towns.
So, we need everyone's help to ensure the sustainability of this critical resource and ensure there's enough for everyone throughout the year. We're asking all of our customers to make every drop count and take a few simple measures in thier home or garden to reduce consumption - we want people to use water more efficiently and in smarter ways.
Calculate your home's water usage
Curious about how much water you use around the home, or wanting to know what's the biggest consumer of water - a shower or the dishwasher? Find out how much water you're using around the home with this water calculator: it's easy to use and will guide you through your usage in different parts of the home and calculate your usage in comparision to the average household.
What can I do?
+ Download our Permanent Water Saving Rules guide
+ Download our top tips to save water around the home fact sheet
+ Find more information and tips to save water around your home and garden below
Easy ways to save water in your home
- Keep your showers to four minutes. Taking shorter showers is one of the best ways to help conserve water.
- Wait until your dishwasher or washing machine is fully loaded before you turn it on.
- Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth or shave.
- Wash your vegetables and rinse dishes in a plugged sink or basin – not under a running tap.
- Install a WELS 4-star rated water saving showerhead and WELS 4-star rated water efficient taps to save on water and energy costs.
Easy ways to save water in your garden
- Use a broom or rake rather than a hose to clean your driveways and hard surfaces.
- Plant for the climate and soil in your area.
- Apply 7 - 10 cm of mulch around plants to help save water lost through evaporation.
- Get rid of weeds as they take water away from the plants you want to grow.
- Group plants with similar needs so they all get the right amount of water without wasting any.