Attention water savers and budding H2O heroes, are you ready to take on the How low can you go challenge?

Going above and beyond on good water saving habits is not only good for our dam levels, it also saves you money.

The welcome rainfall earlier this year has increased dam levels but it’s essential we save water all the time – not just in times of drought and water restrictions. 

We’re not asking you to bend over backwards to save water, just be more mindful of how much you’re using each day.

If you’re keen to reach your water saving potential, then this challenge is for you. 

Before you get started 

Write down your goals. You can set these goals individually or as a family. Write them down, put them somewhere obvious to keep you and the family on track.

Commitment is the key factor. Take small steps until one day it is no longer an unusual activity but a habit. Be persistent, practice makes perfect. 

Challenge ideas   


  • Take shorter showers no longer than 4 minutes.

Challenge: Use a bucket to collect cold water and reuse it elsewhere. .

  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth.

Challenge: Clean your teeth in the shower.

  • Use the half flush where you can.

Challenge: If it's yellow let it mellow and if it's brown...

  • Only do full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine.

Challenge: Keep a bucket handy for rinsing off dishes throughout the day.

Challenge: Keep your clothes for another day but don’t compromise on personal hygiene.


  • Avoid watering in the heat of the day – before 8am and after 4pm

Challenge: Capture water from other parts of the house to use on plants.

  • Wash your car on the lawn, not on the driveway

Challenge: Use a high-pressure hose or bucket.

  • Use a pool cover on your pool

Challenge: When the pool is in use, limit the bomb-diving.

  • Use a broom rather than the hose to clean driveways and hard surfaces

Challenge: Using a blower could save time and effort.

Bucks off the budget  

For a family of four you can easily achieve some serious savings by sticking to these challenges and tips: 

  • Showers, that’s around 40,000 litres of water and $150 over a whole year. 
  • Brushing teeth, that’s a saving of 29,200 litres and around $111 a year. 
  • Half flush that’s a saving of 43,800 litres and around $167 per year. 
  • Leaking taps, that’s a saving of 18,250 litres and $70 per year.  

Keeping score

If you’re looking for instant results, you can read your water meter daily, weekly or whenever you like. Learn how.

Another way to keep track of progress is through your quarterly bill

Let’s do this - How low can you go?

Saving water doesn’t stop there. Learn more about switching over to water sustainable practices that can save you money.

So go on, challenge yourself, you might be surprised how simple it is! 

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