There's nothing quite like the shine of a freshly cleaned car. But while enjoying that spotless glow, it's important to make sure it's not at the expense of excessive water use.
Ways to save water in the garden
It's the little things we do in our homes and gardens that can make a big difference, like watering your garden early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid evaporation during the warmest part of the day.
Lawns provide a beautiful landscape for our gardens, but they also use up to 30 per cent of outdoor water. Whether it is a functional play area or an ornamental feature, there are many ways to make your lawn more water-efficient.
Cleaning your driveways and footpaths are activities that traditionally use a lot of water, but there are a couple of ways that you can keep the outside of your home looking neat and tidy, without using a lot of water.
Rainwater tanks not only save precious drinking water but also have an important role in managing and treating stormwater quality in our communities.
We want you to continue to enjoy your swimming pools and spas without having to use too much water to maintain them. Check out our tips on refilling using the right hose and preventing water evaporation.
Most people have a plentiful supply of greywater around the home, and if utilised properly, it could save thousands of litres of drinking water. Read our handy advice on recycling your greywater.
Useful links help you stay water savvy
Water usage calculator
Calculate your households water usage
Current water storage levels
Learn about our current dam levels
Find the best plant for your garden here
Finding and fixing leaks
A quick guide for fixing leaks around your home
Saving water in business
Find useful ways to save water at work
Smart Water Choices apply to everyone in the Lower Hunter and reducing our water consumption now will help us save water for our future supply.
Setting up a garden that doesn't require a lot of water means being mindful with your plant selection. Use our handy search tool and discover which plants will thrive in your garden according to its microclimate, soil type and maintenance level.
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Little habits make big changes
If you're thoughtful you can really make things go a long way, especially water.