There are simple, practical ways to conserve water at home and in the workplace. It can save us money and help the environment.

At work

  • Check for leaks in taps, pipes and hoses. One leaking tap can waste more than 2000 litres a month. To reduce leaks in taps, turn your taps off lightly and replace washers as soon as they begin to leak.
  • Install at least three-star WELS rated flow restrictors in taps and showers. Three-star rated low flow taps or tap aerators are more efficient than ordinary taps and reduce splashing. Talk to us at Mornington Irrigation for advice on saving money and water
  • Replace single-flush toilets with efficient dual-flush models. They use half as much water as old models. If you can’t replace toilets immediately, reduce the flush volumes.
  • Mop floors instead of hosing them. Microfibre mops use less water, create less waste and reduce slip hazards.
  • Make sure every staff member is aware of water conservation. Include water conservation policies and procedures in staff training programs. Keep water conservation front of mind by discussing water saving plans, opportunities and progress at staff meetings.
  • Use visual tools like charts and graphs to communicate water usage to employees.
  • Encourage staff to rinse dishes in a plugged sink, rather than under a running tap. It is just as easy and effectiveā€¦ and saves water.

At home

  • The most water efficient methods for cooking vegetables are microwaving, steaming or using a pressure cooker. You can also cut down on water loss by using tight lids on pots and simmering instead of boiling rapidly.
  • Installing water efficient taps or tap aerators is an effective, inexpensive way to cut water usage.
  • Put the plug in the sink when washing your hands instead of holding them under running water.
  • Thaw frozen foods ahead of cooking, or use the microwave instead of placing them under running water.
  • Prevent tap leakage by turning taps off lightly and replace washers as soon as they begin to leak.
  • Use a sink strainer.

In the garden

  • Try to keep the water level of your pool halfway up the skimmer opening. Overfilling the pool stops the skimmer working efficiently and wastes water.
  • Keep all kitchen scraps, lawn clippings and garden waste for composting. Not only will you enrich soil will love.
  • If you need a watering system consider a drip irrigation system. It will cut wastage by making sure water goes only where it is required. Talk to the experts at Mornington Irrigation about a system to suit your needs.
  • When planting new garden beds, group together plants with similar watering requirements.
  • Try not to cut lawns too short. When mowing, cut only the top third of the leaf area, leaving it three centimetres or higher. Reduce water loss even further by using lawn clippings as mulch on your lawn or garden.

Free help and advice about water saving is available from experts at Mornington Irrigation.