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Did you know that the majority of water that is consumed within the home is used for washing, cooking and flushing toilets?

Below are some tips to help us be water efficient in our homes.


How to change a tap washer

One drip per second can waste up to 12,000 litres of water from a single tap, per year. The most common reason for a leaking tap is a worn tap washer that can no longer create a tight seal. It is important to change worn tap washers as soon as possible to ensure we are not letting clean water go down the drain. Find out how to change a tap washer.



How to measure flow rates

Measuring the flow rate of your showerhead 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.

Watch the video on how to measure your flow rates.

How to install a flow controller

After you’ve measured the flow rate of your taps, you may want to install flow control valves. Learn how to measure your tap flow rate.


Showerhead exchange

Regular showerheads use up to 20 litres a minute, but water saving showerheads use only 9 litres a minute. To save water in the home we offer a showerhead exchange for our customers.

Each customer can receive one 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

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

Greywater

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 video to find out more.


Water saving tips around the house


For tips on how to save water around the house, visit The Smart Approved WaterMark website.

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Gippsland Water supplies fresh clean drinking water to more than 70,000 customers, and wastewater services to more than 63,000 customers across an area of more than 5,000 square kilometres. It maintains a $1 billion infrastructure network, which includes more than 2,000 kilometres of water mains, 15 water treatment plants, over 1,700 kilometres of sewer mains and 14 wastewater treatment plants.

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