Water saving tips
Take a shower
Tip: Take a shower instead of a bath to reduce water usage.
Drop the hose
Tip: Use a rosehead watering can in the garden instead of a hose or sprinkler and aim for the roots.
Use a bucket and sponge
Tip: If you need to wash your car, use a bucket and sponge instead of a hose.
Take a shorter shower
Tip: Taking a shorter shower can save up to 10 litres of water a minute.
Use it twice
Tip: Use a basin in your sink when rinsing food and use it for watering plants.
If it's yellow, let it mellow
Tip: Consider only flushing the toilet when you really need to.
Fix dripping taps
Tip: Avoid using excess water at home by mending taps and running toilets.
Protect your soil
Tip: Add a layer of plant material, like bark to your flower bed to prevent evaporation.
Turn off the tap
Tip: Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or shaving.
Load 'em up
Tip: Run your washing machine and dishwasher with full loads.
Tip: Keep a jug of water in the fridge instead of running the cold tap.
Keep an eye on running water
Tip: Don't leave running taps and hosepipes unattended.
Limit any trough overflow
Tip: Adjust the ball valves in drinking troughs to lower the float or replace faulty parts. Drain and cover troughs in the winter to avoid frost damage.
Use your plate cooler
Tip: If you own a dairy farm, divert clean plate cooler water to a tank and use it for parlour washing.
Tip: Install a water butt to harvest rainwater from your gutters. Use it to water your garden or wash your yard.
Dry-clean the yard
Tip: Use scrapers and brushes to remove solid waste from yards and pens before hosing.
Tip: Water your plants in the early morning or late evening. This saves water from evaporating and avoids your plants being scorched.
Choose dry condition plants
Tip: Choose plants with low water needs such as lavender or olive trees.
Lock in moisture
Tip: Add special gel beads to plant pots to keep roots hydrated.
Do not over water
Tip: Established plants do not need watering, unless in severe drought.
Plug holes in containers in dry weather
Tip: Stop water escaping when it's dry by plugging holes in plant containers.
Avoid watering the lawn
Tip: Even if your lawn goes yellow in dry weather, it will recover quickly.
Check pipe work
Tip: Check the ground above your pipes often for signs of leaking.