Save your 4 - bathroom

Water is precious, and with around 40 per cent of household water going to our bathrooms, it's important to be more mindful of how we're using it. Help save water by being conscious of your usage and by checking the water efficiency of bathroom appliances.


Aim for a 4 minute shower or the length of your favourite song! Did you know that if we all shortened our shower by only 1 minute, we could save our region 4 million litres of water in a single day? Click here for list of 4 minute songs you can sing in the shower. 

What kind of showerhead is in your shower? Old-style showerheads can use up to 15-20 litres per minute, whereas upgrading to a three-star WELS rated showerhead would reduce this to no more than 9 litres a minute. That's 4 buckets less water used in your 4 minute shower.

Keep a bucket in the shower while you wait for the water to heat up. That way, you can put this extra water to good use around the house, such as watering your garden!


A continuously running toilet can leak up to 60,000 litres of water per year as the water trickles down the back of the bowl. Follow these steps to detect a leak and conserve your bathroom water use:

  1. Remove the lid of your toilet cistern.
  2. Place a few drops of food dye into the cistern.
  3. Do not flush your toilet for 10-15 minutes.
  4. If the dye has seeped down into the bowl when you return, then you know you have a leak.

We recommend checking your toilet every now and then for leaks so you can avoid any loss of water.


You can help save water by avoiding leaving taps running.  Depending on the type, a running tap can use up to 12 litres of water per minute, and a dripping tap can waste up to 20,000 litres per year. That's a lot of water, so remember to turn off those taps and fix any leaks.