Moving into a council district with water restrictions can be difficult to adjust to. Especially when your entire family needs to make changes to cut down on water usage.
As Australia’s weather heats up and the rainfall dries up, many more regions implement water-wise rules. These rules are not as strict as water restrictions and instead encourage homeowners to be more thoughtful about their water usage.
Cutting down on the amount of water you use doesn’t have to be difficult. There are easy ways to reduce your water consumption without changing your day-to-day life too drastically. Just think about those savings on your water bill and how much the local environment can benefit!
Here are some tips to help you reduce your water consumption.
Be hose savvy
Swap the house for buckets or a watering can when watering the garden or washing the car. If you can’t give up using the hose completely, try using a trigger hose nozzle. Using a trigger can drastically reduce the amount of water you use when moving between plants as the water flow can be stopped. If you are hosing the garden, do it before 10am and after 4pm so water is evaporated slower. The same guidelines exist for washing the car. Some regions have very strict water restrictions and you may not be encouraged to water the garden at all. Speak to your local council regarding the water restrictions for your area.
Looking after the pool
Using the pool is a great way to keep animals and humans cool in the heat. Where water restrictions aren’t as strict, you can fill or top up your pool with a hose. If you don’t have a pool but you do have pets, be sure to keep a bucket or small kid’s pool filled with water and placed in the shade on extremely hot days.
In the regions where permanent water restrictions apply, water cannot be used in a fountain or a water feature unless the fountain or water feature recirculates the water. In the case of wise water rules, water fountains should still only be used if the fountain recirculates the water to reduce water waste.
For more information on your region’s water restrictions, or if you’re unsure of the water restrictions in your region, visit the Australian Government’s Bureau of Meteorology water restrictions website.