Water-wise in the home
- Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth
- Make sure you have a full load before running your dishwasher
- Install a water-saving three star water-rated shower head to reduce the flow of water
- Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge – running the tap until it is cool enough to drink wastes water.
Water-wise in the garden
- Let your lawn and plants indicate when they are in need of water, then apply enough water to replenish the soil profile. Ensure the amount is adequate to reach the plant root zones.
- Frequent shallow watering causes plants to grow shallow roots, leaving them more susceptible to disease. This applies for lawns as well as garden plants.
- Don't overwater your garden. Waterlogged soil encourages the growth of bacteria and fungi which can cause plant disease.
- Lawns can be trained to survive on minimal water. Delaying watering and mowing will help the lawn establish a strong root system. Overwatering is bad as it can contribute to the development of fungus and disease.
- When you do water your lawn be sure to apply enough water to penetrate down to the root zone.
- To avoid 'scalping' your lawn, mow on a setting of at least three centimetres. This will minimise evaporation from the soil underneath and ensure the roots are sheltered from the harsh sun. Regularly check your mower blades for wear as grass will lose less water if it is cleanly cut rather than torn by blunt blades.