Water. It's our most valuable resource, and like all the things we love in life, we want to protect and treasure it.

Our dams fill quickly when it rains, but also drop quickly during dry weather. We can't control the weather, but we can control how much water we use, and by making simple choices such as reducing showers to 4 minutes, or waiting for a full load before using the dishwasher and washing machine - we can save bucket loads of water together.

Now more than ever, we need to Love Water. It's the little things we do in our homes and gardens that can make a big difference, like watering the garden early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid evaporation in the hottest part of the day.

Now and forever, let's Love Water together.

Because water is precious.

At the beginning of 2018, Love Water was created by Hunter Water in the hopes to bring about change in the Lower Hunter, and how our residents perceived the value of water. Love Water is about wanting to preserve this precious resource, not only because we need to.

Real love doesn’t fall away – it endures over time – it endures through both the good times and the tough times.

It belongs to all of us.

After a few months of being together, we all started to make little changes around our homes. We all love this precious resource, and so our community's water consumption started to go down.

The Love Water pledge was introduced, and we all started finding simple ways we could each reduce our water use, from shorter showers to using rainwater in our laundries, there were ways we could all make a difference.

There are many simple ways we can all save bucket loads of water.

We're all working together to protect this resource, and whilst we had not seen much rain in 2019, we all worked together to reduce our water use.

Shower timers and buckets were placed in showers, greywater was diverted from the drain to our lawns, homes were waiting for full loads before washing their clothes.

Together, we are making a difference.

The next step in loving water is to take action in our homes using the humble bucket.

Whether it's for cooking, showering, washing clothes, cleaning the car or filling up the swimming pool, there are simple ways we can all help to save water using our buckets.

How will you save yours?

If you're thoughtful you can really make things go a long way, especially water.

Although water restrictions are no longer in place, there are still many simple choices we can make every day, that can save our region bucket loads of water.

Smart Water Choices like watering your garden before 10am or after 4pm, using a trigger nozzle, and sweeping up hard surfaces are easy things you can do that can help our region maintain great water-saving behaviours.

Find out ways you can save bucket loads of water

In the garden

Our region has high temperatures over summer and dry periods throughout the year. But this doesn’t mean our gardens can’t be kept healthy without using excess water.