How To: Stay Water Conscious This Summer

Joshua Chadwick By Joshua Chadwick February 13th

At MyConnect, we have put together some practical tips to help you save water and contribute to sustainability efforts in your community.

For more information about water connections, check out our article about arranging water connections in Victoria here.

Smart Gardening Practices

When watering your garden, try to aim for early morning or late evening sessions to minimise evaporation.

For best results, direct the water at the base of plants to ensure maximum absorption and consider using drought-resistant native plants that require less water.

Embrace Rainwater Harvesting

Many homes have now installed a rainwater tank to capture rainwater from your roof (which is a genius way to retain water).

This harvested rainwater can be used for watering your garden, washing your car, or even flushing toilets, reducing your reliance on mains water.

Fix Leaks Promptly

It goes without saying that leaks are an easy fix to lose less water. Check for and repair leaks in taps, hoses, and irrigation systems as soon as you notice them.

Even minor leaks can waste significant amounts of water over time, impacting both your water bill and the environment.

Upgrade to Water-Efficient Appliances

When it’s time to replace old appliances, such as washing machines or dishwashers, aim for models with high water efficiency ratings to improve both water usage and the amount of water you use for appliances.

Look for the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) label to ensure you’re making a sustainable choice.

Cold Water Laundry

We understand it’s not ideal, but washing your clothes in cold water not only saves energy but also conserves water.

Modern detergents are designed to work effectively in cold water, so you can still achieve clean and fresh-smelling laundry without the need for hot water.

Cover Your Pool

If you’re one of the lucky households who have a swimming pool, invest in a pool cover to reduce evaporation and keep your pool water clean.

This simple step can significantly decrease water loss and reduce the need for frequent top-ups during hot weather.

Support Local Water Conservation Initiatives

Get involved in community projects and initiatives on water conservation and sustainable water management.

Whether it’s participating in water-saving campaigns or volunteering for river clean-up events, every effort counts towards preserving our precious water resources and common water-run ecosystems.

Choose Drought-Tolerant Landscaping

A more long-term choice is opting for landscaping designs that require minimal watering, such as xeriscaping or using native plants adapted to our fluctuating Aussie climate.

These practices not only save water use but also create beautiful and resilient outdoor spaces.

Minimise Water Runoff

Similar to the above landscaping option, design your outdoor areas to minimise water runoff and maximise water absorption.

This involves using mulch around garden beds to retain moisture and consider installing rain gardens or permeable paving to capture rainwater and prevent runoff.

Educate and Advocate

Lastly, spread awareness about the importance of water conservation among your friends, family, and neighbours.

Share these tips and encourage others to join you in taking action to preserve our water supply for future generations.

By implementing these water-saving strategies in your daily life, you can not only reduce your water consumption and lower daily costs but also lower your water footprint and assist in water conservation efforts in Australia, ensuring a sustainable future for all.

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Joshua Chadwick
Joshua Chadwick