Many utility providers in Australia aim to obtain accurate meter readings every three months, but sometimes it can be a much longer period that elapses between water meter readings. If you have been unwittingly wasting water in that period, then the subsequent bill that arrives from the water supplier can be something of a shock. In addition to the financial incentive to save water, lowering the amount used in Australia has an environmental effect. Purifying water to drink takes energy, which has an impact on the country's carbon footprint. In any case, water is a precious natural resource that we should all try to preserve. Whatever your motivation for wanting to waste less water, these are the steps you should be taking:
Much drinking water is wasted for purposes that it is not needed for. When washing the car or watering your lawn, rainwater is perfectly adequate and you don't need to fill your bucket or watering can from the tap for either purpose. Rainwater is simply collected from your home's roof and guttering system with the addition of a water butt. It is ideal for cleaning your patio, decking and the external windows of your home. What's more, it is free!
Check Your Plumbing
Problems of blocked drains often mean that your waste water is not reprocessed properly down the line adding to the overall cost of water management in the country. However, homeowners should also have issues likes leaky taps and dripping shower heads sorted out by a professional. Having your entire plumbing system serviced means that the amount of water you draw from the utility provider reduces over time, and this will have a positive impact on the amount of money you end up paying for your water.
Reduce Everyday Use of Water
Simple measures like not allowing your tap to run when you brush your teeth will help to lower your wastage. If you place a house brick in your toilet's cistern, then the amount of water you use each flush is still adequate for the purpose of removing waste, but it will lessen the amount of water you use in a month dramatically. When you use your washing machine for a load of laundry, make sure that it is a full load and not a partial one. In addition, refrain from setting your dishwasher to its pre-rinse mode and only use the machine when it is fully laden.