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Create your own sustainable city 

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Measure Water Usage

Before we can make changes to our water usage habits it is good to know how much water we are using every day in our homes and where we can reduce our water consumption. With water rates rising, Fairfield residents are starting to implement more water saving strategies in the home.

Where to Begin

  1. audit your own home by investigating where and how water is used inside your home and in the garden, then identify ways to improve your water efficiency - try one of these calculators to help you; Sydney Water  Bill calculator, or  Sydney Water Savings Calculator
  2. learn how to read your water meter  and monitor your water bill
  3. visit Sydney Water  to learn more about how you can be water efficient
  4. set your own household targets

Stop the leaks

If you read your meter late at night and then again early the next morning and find that water was used when everyone was asleep, you might have a leak. Check and if necessary fix:

  • leaking taps, dishwasher hoses, pipes and toilet cisterns
  • dripping toilet cisterns - try dripping food colouring into the toilet cistern, shower and bath tub, and kitchen and hand sinks to easily find the leak
  • if you suspect a leak but cannot find it, contact your plumber or water utility as it could be under your house or garden
  • for more information on reading your meter and fixing leaks visit Sydney Water 

Slow the flow

Fairfield City residents are among the highest water consumers in the Greater Sydney Region. With water being a finite resource it is important for us to use it carefully. Simply by installing tap aerators and in-tap flow regulators you can save up to 50% of water.  It only takes a moment to change the washers to prevent loosing more money and water If you have a leaky tap.  One leaking tap can waste more than 2,000 litres of water in a month (NABERS) - that’s equivalent to 200 (10L)  buckets  full of  water. 

Choosing water efficient appliances and devices

Most water using appliances will have a Water Efficiency Label which looks similar to the Energy Efficiency label. Both have six stars which are coloured in depending on how efficient the appliance is.

More stars = more efficient

In the laundry 

A water efficient washing machine may use only one third the water of an inefficient model so choose your next washing machine with 4-stars and with front loading.  

In the bathroom 

Dual flush toilets save a lot of water; single-flush toilets can use 12 litres of drinking water per flush. 

In the kitchen

Your next new dishwasher should be a 4 Star water-efficient model. These use less than 15 litres per wash while older models can use up to 40 litres per wash.  

In the garden 

Almost 60% of household water is used outdoors. Look for the Smart Approved WaterMark label on hoses and nozzles. Think about the future water needs of your garden; plant water tolerant varieties, mulch garden beds, and install drip irrigation ideally connected to your water tank.