Saving Water

Residential properties are responsible for about 78 percent of water use on the Central Coast, so it's important to be water smart in and around your home.

Even though water wise rules are in place there are other things you can be doing at home to save water for the future. You can check if you are making a difference by regular checking your water meter.

See some everyday Water Wise Rules tips (5.91 MB).

Inside your home

Large amounts of water are used in the bathroom, kitchen and laundry inside our homes every day.

Live water smart inside and reduce the water you use by:

  • installing a water efficient showerhead, and taking shorter showers
  • installing a dual flush toilet, and using half flush
  • installing aerators or flow regulators on all your taps
  • installing a water efficient washing machine 
  • wait until you have a full load before starting the dishwasher or washing machine 
  • don't leave the tap running while you brush your teeth
  • connecting your rainwater tank internally so rainwater can be used to flush your toilet and wash your clothes
  • fill the sink to peel vegetables instead of running the tap
  • keep a jug of cold water in the fridge so you don’t have to run the tap to get it cold
  • using a bucket to collect greywater in your shower or bathtub
  • thaw frozen foods before you need them instead of running them under water 
  • check for leaks on taps, pipes and other fittings.

The Australian Government's Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) Scheme can help you save water inside by showing the water efficiency of each product. Choosing a product that saves water and money is easy - the more stars a product has the more water efficient it is.

Living Water Smart - inside your home (2.28 MB).

Outside your home

Live water smart outdoors and reduce your water use by:

  • installing a rainwater tank to water gardens, top up pools, and wash cars and boats
  • using native, drought tolerant plants in your garden
  • putting mulch on your garden beds to prevent water loss
  • use homemade compost on your garden
  • water the roots and soil around plants, rather than spraying the leaves
  • using greywater collected from your shower or bathtub on your garden
  • using a pool cover to reduce water evaporation
  • check for leaks on taps, pipes and other fittings. This can be monitored by reading your water meter.

Smart Approved WaterMark is Australia's outdoor water saving labelling program for products and services that help to reduce water use around the home. Look for the Smart Approved WaterMark label when purchasing outdoor products to save even more water.

Living Water Smart - outside your home brochure (3.19 MB).

In your business

Live water smart in your business by:

  • Considering including water efficiency measures in your business plan
  • Ensuring that your evaporative cooling system or chiller cooling tower is serviced regularly
  • Mulching garden areas and sweep outdoor paths
  • Only using the dishwasher for full loads
  • Checking for water leaks indoors, including in the bathroom and kitchen, and outdoors, including the sprinkler system and taps
  • Replacing timer-controlled urinals with movement sensors or manual controls
  • Considering installing dual-flush toilets and reduced-flow showerheads
  • Thinking about installing your own wastewater treatment system to recycle water and cut down on water bills
  • Installing a rainwater tank for use on your gardens

Living Water Smart - in your business (882.80 KB).