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Water Saving Tips Around The House

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Showerhead Exchange

We offer two programs for our customers: the Showerhead Exchange Program and the Trigger Nozzle Exchange Program.

You can receive:

  • 1 Showerhead
  • 2 Trigger nozzles
Regular showerheads use up to 20 litres a minute, but water saving showerheads use only 9 litres a minute.

The showerheads are not suitable for low pressure (eg gravity fed), or instantaneous hot water systems.

To be able to take part in the program, you need:

  • A home in our service area
  • An account with Gippsland Water
  • Not already have a water saving showerhead

It can be hard to tell if you have a water saving showerhead, as some have the same shape as the old style.

There is a simple test to see how much water your showerhead uses each minute:

  • Get a 10 litre bucket (this is a normal household bucket)
  • Get something you can use to time 1 minute
  • Turn on your shower and start your timer
  • If the bucket fills in about half a minute, you have an old style showerhead
  • If it takes about a minute to fill the bucket, you have a water saving showerhead

How to measure flow rates

Showerheads can use between 9 and 20 litres a minute. Your showerhead might look like an old style, but that doesn’t mean it’s not efficient.

Find out how to measure the flow rate of your showerhead with the help of the video below. This will give you an accurate figure for how much water you use in the shower each minute.You can also use this tool to measure the flow rate of your taps.

How to install a flow controller

After you’ve measured the flow rate of your taps, you may want to install flow control valves. This video shows you how.

How to change a tap washer

The most common reason for a leaking tap is a worn tap washer as it can no longer create a tight seal.


Greywater is water that has already been used in your house. Instead of letting it go down the drain into the sewer system, greywater can be captured and used in certain circumstances outside your home.

Greywater is managed by councils, with each council having different regulations regarding the storage and use of greywater. As it has already been ‘used’ in your home, it is important to store and use it correctly to avoid the water-borne diseases we see in countries without adequate sanitation.

There are a number of dos and don’ts when using greywater. For instance, it should not be used to water vegetables that you will eat raw, or during wet periods when it won’t soak into the soil.

Take a look at the following video to find out more.

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