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Water conservation

Published 07 April 2020
  • Sustainability

Pressures on Melbourne's water supply mean that we need to continuously look to reduce the amount of water we consume. 

Melbourne's population is predicted to grow 23.5% by 2031. 

Climate change is forecasted to reduce available water supply by 8% by 2020 and 20% by 2050.

Simple ways to save water

Make sure you follow the Victorian government's permanent water saving rules.

In your home

  • Fix leaky taps and toilet cisterns.
  • Install dual flush toilets.
  • Make sure taps are turned off properly.
  • Make sure your dishwasher and washing machine is full before use.
  • Replace taps and showerheads with AAA rated fittings.
  • Take shorter showers and turn off the tap while you brush your teeth.
  • Buy AAA rated front loader washing machines - they use about 40% less water than top loaders.

In your garden

  • Install a rainwater tank to flush the toilet or for irrigation.
  • Plant drought-tolerant indigenous plants.
  • Use garden mulch to reduce evaporation when watering your garden.
  • Sweep driveways and footpaths, do not hose down.

Further information

For advice on water conservation and rebates for water saving devices visit Yarra Valley Water

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