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Showers

3-star rated showerheads use no more than 9 litres of water per minute, while old style showerheads use up to 20 litres per minute. If you shower for six minutes, a water efficient showerhead can save up to 50 litres of water for each shower or up to 20,000 litres of water per person per year.

Watch this video to learn how easy it is to change a shower head or see below for more water saving tips.

 

Central Australian Water Wise Product and Plumbing Rebates are available for purchasing and installing water efficient shower roses.

Saving water in the shower

  • Take shorter showers. Limit time spent in the shower to soap up, wash down, and rinse off. Shorter showers save on energy costs associated with heating water.
  • Use a shower timer. Choose from a manual 4-minute egg timer or a more sophisticated electronic timer that either attaches to the shower wall or showerhead, or is wired into the wall during construction.
  • Use a bucket to collect water while waiting for the shower to get hot.
  • Shave your legs before taking a shower. Use running shower water to rinse off.
  • Insulate hot water pipes. This avoids wasting water while waiting for hot water to flow through and saves energy.
  • Consider an instantaneous water heater if your existing water heater is located some distance to the bathroom. Talk to a plumber first to make sure it will work adequately with your 3-star showerhead.
  • Make sure your hot water system thermostat is not set too high. Adding cold water to reduce the temperature of very hot water is wasteful.

Saving water in the bath

  • Only fill the tub with as much water as needed. Use less for children and pets.
  • Check the temperature as you fill. Adding extra water to get the correct temperature after the bath is at the right level is wasteful.
  • Regularly check your plug for leaks and replace as necessary.
  • Bucket used bath water onto the garden or use it to wash your car. Check that soaps and detergents in the water won’t harm garden plants.

Central Australian Waterwise Rebate Scheme

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The Territory Government is working to assist Central Australian residents to save water. Receive between $25–$400 for eligible...