In your garden
- Water your garden at dawn to avoid evaporation in the middle of the day and fungal diseases that can occur overnight if you water at dusk.
- Try to water your garden less frequently, but for longer periods, to encourage deeper root growth.
- Mulching reduces water evaporation from soil. It can also provide plants with important nutrients and control weed growth.
- Use a trigger nozzle on your hose to avoid wasting water.
- Install a rainwater tank. Capturing rainwater to use in your garden is an excellent way to reduce the amount of drinking water you use outdoors. Check with your local council to see if there are any construction restrictions or if you need building approval before installing a tank.
- Depending on your council guidelines, greywater from your washing machine, laundry tub, shower, bath and bathroom sink may be used to water your lawn and plants. Be aware that untreated greywater has limited uses as chemicals and other harmful substances may be present.
- Native plants often have low water and maintenance requirements. Use the Smart Approved WaterMark plant finder to choose water efficient plants and shrubs suitable for where you live.
Evaporation is a major cause of water loss from pools and spas, but it can be reduced by up to 90% by simply using a pool cover#. Covering the pool can save 36,000 litres a year by lowering the water temperature, decreases evaporation and prevents debris falling on the pool surface.
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- Increase shade over the pool to help further reduce evaporation.
- Wind contributes to evaporation. Help to reduce water loss by landscaping around the pool with walls and hedges to create shelter from the wind.
- Top up your swimming pool with tank water or a rainwater diverter. Rainwater diverters can be attached to a downpipe to divert rainwater into your swimming pool. They are a less expensive alternative to installing a tank.
- Keep the water level a bit lower. When your pool experiences frequent use, swimming and splashing can result in a lot of water going over the edge of the pool. You don’t want to stop enjoying your pool, so consider keeping the water level several centimetres lower to prevent excess spillage.
- Check the weather forecast before topping up your pool. If it is forecast to rain, let nature top it up for you!