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Water Conservation

Melbourne's population is predicted to grow 23.5% by 2031 and climate change is forecasted to reduce available water supply 8% by 2020 and 20% by 2050. These pressures on Melbourne's water supply mean that we need to continuously look to reduce the amount of water we consume in order to reduce the stresses on our waterways.

Here are some simple ways to save water in your home:

  • Fix leaky taps and toilet cisterns
  • 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
  • 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
  • Install dual flush toilets
  • Buy AAA rated front loader washing machines, they use about 40% less water than top loaders
  • Make sure you follow the Permanent Water Saving Rules, visit: www.ourwater.vic.gov.au

For more information and advice on water conservation and State Government rebates for water saving devices visit:

Our Water Our Future   www.ourwater.vic.gov.au

Yarra Valley Water   www.yvw.com.au

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