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
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.