Save your 4 kitchen

Whether you're cooking, cleaning, washing or drinking, we've got some handy tips to help you love and conserve water in the kitchen.

Did you know?

  • Collect running water for your garden. A running tap can waste up to 12 litres per minute. That's more than a bucket per minute! If you're waiting for the water to warm up, collect it in a jug or bucket to use on your garden.
  • Garbage-disposal units use about 6 litres of water per day. Put suitable food scraps into a composter or worm farm rather than down the kitchen sink.  
  • A leaking tap can waste between 30-200 litres of water a day. That could be the equivalent of having another person living in your home! To find out more about fixing leaks, click here
  • The 'old' water from your fish tank is rich in nitrogen and phosphorus. Your plants will love these nutrients, so next time you're cleaning out your fish tank, re-use this water in your garden.


Dishwashers are the highest consumers of water in the kitchen. If you're looking to purchase a new dishwasher, check the water efficiency beforehand or look out for the WELS (Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards) label. A WELS dishwasher could save you half the amount of water compared to an average appliance.

If you're looking for ideas to help reduce your existing dishwasher's water consumption, try the following tips:

  • Only use the dishwasher when it's full, and take care with stacking your items.
  • Use short wash cycles for everything but the dirtiest dishes.
  • Use the air-dry setting or turn the dishwasher off after its final rinse and open the door.