The “star” rating replaces the old triple “A” rating and is an easy way to tell how water efficient a product is. The more stars a product has, the less water it uses.
A 3-star showerhead allows flows of 9 litres per min or less when showering.
Some single flush toilets can be made more water efficient by installing a cistern weight or by adjusting the float valve.
A cistern weight will increase your toilet’s water efficiency but you will still use more water than a 4-star water efficient dual flush toilet.
Yes. Installing a rainwater tank is a great way to reduce the use of mains water in your swimming pool.
Rainwater diverters are an inexpensive alternative to installing a tank. They attach to a downpipe and can be used to divert rainwater into your swimming pool.
In large downpours, you will need to monitor the water level in your pool so that it does not overflow. You should consult a plumber about stormwater diversion.
These are a new alternative available if you don't want to hide your pool water with a cover or blanket.
The chemical forms a barrier on the water's surface which inhibits evaporation by up to 40 per cent. It can either be added to the pool daily by hand or by using an automatic metering system.
Your water meter is usually just inside the front boundary of your property. You'll recognise it as a low metal pipe structure with a tap handle at one end and a meter dial in the middle.
Remember to keep your meter clear of leaves and garden debris, as we need to have easy access to it.
Before you go to bed, check your water meter reading and write it down somewhere safe. You'll also need to make sure no-one in your household uses any water during the night.
The following morning, before anyone starts using water, go and check your meter again.
Write this new figure down next to the figure from the night before and compare them. If the morning figure is higher, you have a water leak that needs to be traced and fixed.
There are two types of greywater systems that allow you to use greywater in different ways:
Kentucky Blue, Perennial Ryegrass, Carpet Grass and Bentgrass are all good quality cool season grasses.
Buffalo, Couch and Hard, Tall and Sheep Fescue varieties are all great quality warm season grasses.
16 May 2013
One of the largest tree planting projects ever seen in the Hunter region is nearing completion after almost 18 months work.
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