Ways to save water in the bathroom

Water is precious, and with around 40 per cent of household water going to our bathrooms (much of which is wasted), 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.


Think about how long your showers are—if everyone in the Hunter spent one minute less in the shower, we could save nearly 4 million litres of water in a single day!

Aim for a 4-minute shower! An easy way to do this is to shower for the length of your favourite song.

4 minute shower song playlist

Shorter showers are the single most effective way we can save water in our region. Check out this 4 minutes playlist of all the best shower songs, so you jam out in the shower and save water at the same time!

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.


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.

It is important to check your toilet for leaks every few months so you can ensure it’s not wasting water.

Got a leaky tap?

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.

Saving water in the kitchen

There are many simple ways you can save bucket loads of water in your kitchen. Check out our range of water-saving tips to make the most of the water in your kitchen.

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Water is precious, it belongs to all of us. You can do your part by taking shorter showers, turning off the tap when brushing your teeth, and checking your toilets and taps for leaks.