Water saving competition weekly winners and tips

Thank you everyone for participating in our water saving tips competition. Please see below some very useful water saving tips from our participants:

Week  -  16 - 23  February 2020


Don’t wash your car on the driveway. Put car on the grass or take car to a car wash.
- Timothy O'Halloran 

Other submitted water saving tips

1. Put a bucket in the shower while waiting for the water to heat and during your shower. Save 20l for a 4 minute shower. Grey water hose from the washing machine to the garden.
- Cheryl Thuillier

2. When preparing vegetables and washing fruit always put your little compost bin in the sink and wash your fruit under the running water. I then tip all the water waste and peelings into my bigger compost bin outside. No wasted water.
- Monica Badowski

3. Save all rainwater for garden and bird baths and also save wash up rinse water to throw onto lawn.
- Richard Bennett

4. Drain the washing machine water into a watering can and use it on the garden and lawn.
- Natasha Welsh

5. Every time it rains we put out all our big tub containers and buckets etc to catch the water then use to water the garden, fill up animal household water bowls, birdbaths and tubs out for wildlife.
- Kirstin Brown

6. I use a bucket in the shower to collect the water at the beginning when waiting for the water to warm up. I then use this water on my balcony pot plants or use it to clean the balcony floor.
- Lauren, Narrabundah

7. Use self watering plant pots. soil absorb water when it's dry. this also prevents the roots from rotting. Currently i'm trialing another method of burying a bottle in soil and the let the plant roots seek out the water that's inside the bottle from the holes. if this works i will send it to you guys. I got the idea from the reason why there are tree roots in my pipes. This should help to reduce water loss and plants take whatever amounts of needs. I've just recently came up with idea.
- Karen, Holt

8. Just put a bucket in the shower. You will shorten your shower time and the full bucket can then be poured outside, reducing your watering bill and greening up your garden. Four people in the house means four buckets of water saved every day.
- Alan, 
Yarralumla

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  • Week 1 - 8 December 2019

    Week  -  1 - 8 December 2019

    Winning Tip


      During part changes of aquarium tanks, use the water for the potted plants. It saves water and fertilises the plants as well.
    - Michael, Palmerston

    Other submitted water saving tips

    1.Wash the car on the lawn, Add fertiliser to the fray. Grass will love the water and car will stink. Might keep the crooks away.
    Lauren

    2. Share a bath with your kids.
    - Suzie

    3. Water the garden and run through the sprinkler for a shower. Saves water and helps the garden which helps the bees.
    - Catherine, Flynn

    4. I have cored my grass and added in wetting agents and down to just one morning water per 2 weeks.
    - Nathan, Bonner

    5. Instead of rinsing every used utensil under a running tap after use I use a small container half filled with soapy water to place the dirty utensils in to soak. After dinner when I load the dishwasher I only need to shake the soaked utensils to get all the food stuffs off. The left over soapy water remaining in the container I then use to sponge the main bulk of left over food off the plates before loading into the dishwasher.
    - Sally, Latham

    6. I leave a container in the sink so when I rinse dishes etc. the water goes into that. Than I place on plants in the garden.
    - Sarah, Macgregor

    7. We’ve just bought our first house, but like some older houses, it’s not perfect, yet! To combat our dripping shower I put a bucket underneath and at night I tip it on the garden! It’s a basic solution but gosh it works!
    - Georgia, Wanniassa

    8. Invest in a egg timer for the shower, helps keep track of how long you’ve been in there.
    - Catherine, Flynn

    9. Brush your teeth outside while your watering your plants, this way any water falling out of your mouth will go on the grass or plants rather than down the sink. Clean teeth = green lawn/plants.
    - Sarah, Macgregor

  • Week 8 - 15 December 2019

    Week  -  8 - 15 December 2019

    Winning Tip


      Apart from collecting the first few litres of cool water when starting your shower, consider having a cold shower in summer to save electricity/gas as well - you will feel very refreshed. The main tip however is this; wet yourself then turn off the shower, lather up then rinse & repeat. There is no need to stand under a constantly running shower. You can very effectively clean yourself with around 5 - 6 litres of water. I've proved this time & again while out camping where we had to bring our own water & it's a great water saving method to use at home as well. After a few goes you will find you will get very good at it.
    - John, Rivett

    Other submitted water saving tips

    1. I use the families left over drink bottle water to water my indoor plants!
    - Kylie, Dunlop

    2. Wash your vegetables in a bucket/container – not under a running tap. Then tip that water out onto the garden. 
    - Catherine, Flynn

    3. The "if it's yellow let it mellow" is good, however for the males in the house, if you have a private & decent sized back yard consider "watering your trees", especially citrus. They will benefit from the liquid & the additional nutrients. Peter Cundall from Gardening Australia highly recommends this. If you don't have a private back yard you can pee into a container out of view of the neighbours & empty it onto the trees. I even know some ladies who do this & good on them - every drop counts.
    - John, Rivett

    4. Check pipes often and fix any leaks before they become a bigger leak.
    - Catherine, Flynn

    5. Use a broom or rake rather than a hose to clean driveways and hard surfaces,
    - Christiana

    6. Plant drought resistant garden plans, empty half full water bottles on to garden plants to reduce hose usage. When watering the garden use a trigger nozzle and use water saving tapware. 
    - Grace

  • Week - 20 December - 5 January 2020

    Thank you everyone for participating in our water saving tips competition. Please see below some very useful water saving tips from our participants:

    Week  -  20 December - 5 January 2020


    Kicking it old school with a watering can for the garden! Not only do you get some exercise walking around, and some muscles but you become more water conscious of your water usage!
    - Stacey Borg

    Other submitted water saving tips

    1. After reading research on how important microbiome on our skin are, I no longer feel bad about not showering every day due to health issues. Scientists stated they stopped showering daily when learning the huge benefits microbiome provides us. One said he washes the parts that need it, at the sink until he needs a full shower. If everyone gave up st least one shower a week or even a month, that's a huge amount of water saved plus we get the added advantage of improved immune defence/function.
    - Debi Leeper

    2. I have so many water containers over my house to collect as many drips as possible. (Including the frozen things that come out of the freezer and defrost and drip) I only flush to toilet when needed and I also just mixed water storage crystals into all my potted plants and outdoor garden. I don’t use the ‘cooling’ function in my portable cooler so it uses no water. I only fill my kettle to 2 cups max when boiling, all boiled water on the stove is cooled and used as plant food in the garden (they love it) my lawn is brown and dead but it’s ok, the weeds still grow and feed the bees when they flower. I’ve grown tolerant plants - rosemary, lavender and butterfly bushes and geraniums etc that feed the bees and only like very little water. I challenge myself to take an even shorter shower when possible and I only use the washing machine on a full load.
    - Sam Ingham

    3. Share the bath water with the whole family, then bucket it out to flush the toilet or water the plants.
    - Lina Tse

    4. Stick a brick in your toilet cistern so it uses less water when it fills up
    - Pauly Ingham

    5. Change the kids bed sheets less frequently than once a week, oh and wash whites and darks... gasp... together!... don't tell my mum 
    - Vanessa Green Kates

    5. I always need to soak soiled baby clothes / nappies. I use the baby's used bathwater to fill the soaking pail.
    - Dominica, Latham

    6. Share the bath water with the whole family, then bucket it out to flush the toilet or water the plants. Water is precious for life!
    - Lina Ma, Ngunnawal

    7. Group potted plants together during summer so there is no wasted water when watering them and they provide shelter to each other so they need less water.
    - Tracey, Belconnen

  • Week 22 - 29 December 2019

    Week  -  22 - 29 December 2019


    We have plumbed our Evap Cooler water run off into our water tank, to use on our plants later on. Also as caravanners we have started washing our dishes in a tub to pour into the garden, or on a tree as we do when we caravan.
    - Roma, Amaroo

    Other submitted water saving tips

    1. When washing the car, use a sponge and bucket then rinse off using a watering can.
    - Catherine, Flynn

    2. Wash your car with a bucket of water instead of a running hose.
    - Christiana

  • Week - 12 - 19 January 2020

    Week  -  12 - 19 January 2020


    I placed a special order at a plumbing supply store in Canberra for a 4.5 litres per minute shower head I found while researching online. Doing it this way also cost me around half the price of buying it online. It’s so good I still feel like I’m having a proper shower. The droplets still feel strong and it’s just as easy to wash hair. My family of 5 have never run out of hot water since I bought it. These types of shower heads should be more widely available.
    - Paul Murray

    Other submitted water saving tips

    1. When steaming vegetables for meals i keep the steaming water until it goes cold and put it out on the garden beds.  
    - Robyn, Crestwood

    2. Reduce the number of times you use the washing machine, I do two washes per fortnight, but on the same day. I save the rinse water from the first wash and use it as the wash water for second batch. The second batch rinse water is collected to wash things like windows, car etc. 
    - Christine Gray

    3. I use a mop bucket in one side of my kitchen sink to catch the water from the tap as it warms up, empty old water from the kettle and collect rinse water. The bucket can then be emptied on plants every few days. 
    - Belinda, Ngunnawal 

    4. When I turn on the hot water and it is heating up, I fill up a small gardening watering can so none of the cold water goes to waste.
    - Lawrence, McKellar

    5. We've been collecting clean water using the second "bowl" of our kitchen sink for several months now, and we really feel good every time we pour that water in our garden, especially in the last couple of dry months. 
    - Luis, Bonner



  • Week - 2- 9 February 2020

    Thank you everyone for participating in our water saving tips competition. Please see below some very useful water saving tips from our participants:

    Week  -  2 - 9 February 2020


    Our washing machine grey water is connected to the sprinkler and waters our lawn.
    - Katie Brooks

    Other submitted water saving tips

    1. Drain the washing machine water into a watering can and use it on the garden and lawn
    - Natasha Welsh

    2. Every time it rains we put out all our big tub containers and buckets etc to catch the water then use to water the garden, fill up animal household water bowls, birdbaths and tubs out for wildlife.
    - Kirstin Brown

    3. I save water for plants from an aircon pipe dripping into a square edge bucket. It may also stop possible sinkage from ground softening around a house foundation pier.
    - Athens Anderson

    4. Have put bucket in the shower. When first turn shower on, until hot water comes through, water into bucket and then have watering can to put this water into and use to water plants. Also when emptying water bottles, pets water bowls, this water is poured into the watering can also and can be used rather than tipped down the drain.
    - Susan Hill

    5. We have installed a water saving shower head in our bathroom and my young son and i also have a timer to keep our showers to a time limit to help save water.
    - Melissa Harcan

    6. Place a bucket in the kitchen or laundry sink so when doing hand washing it can then easily be walked outside to water the plants.
    - Caitlin Law

  • Week - 26 January - 2 February 2020

    Thank you everyone for participating in our water saving tips competition. Please see below some very useful water saving tips from our participants:

    Week  -  26 January - 2 February 2020


    Apartment living doesn’t stop me having a thriving garden, with not only herbs, but veggies as well. My simple tip is how efficient planning can save you water, money and the environment! I have a series of vertical planters that hook onto my balcony. Under those I have some large study garden beds with trays. I’ve arranged the herbs and veggies based on ‘thirstiest’ from a water consumption perspective at the top, and then a waterfall to less water intensive at the bottom. With this approach I water once and utilise the run off!
    - Corey Borg

    Other submitted water saving tips

    1. If you have left over 'yucky' water in your drink bottle, water your desk plants / terrariums with it.
    - Carly Finley

    2. Shower with your bucket! Mine sits on the floor and catches water for me so I can water the plants.
    - Kirsty Green

    3. My easy pea(sy) water saving tip tip is to put my largest mixing bowl in the sink, and half fill it up with water to wash my veggies. I then use that water in the garden or boil it when making soup stocks! Goodbye to litres of water running down the sink and hello water conservation!
    - Liz Borg

    4. Put gritty sand on top of your lawn, it helps the water get to the soil quicker and helps the soil retain the water for longer.. 
    - Learni Hamilton

    5. Get a compost bin going. You can use the compost on the garden to help minimise evaporation and the need to water the garden. Just as importantly, if food waste ends up in landfill it produces greenhouses gases which contributes to climate change.. 
    - Carl Warburton

  • Week - 9 - 16 February 2020

    Thank you everyone for participating in our water saving tips competition. Please see below some very useful water saving tips from our participants:

    Week  -  9 - 16 February 2020


    I fill the bath once, then both my boys have a bath in there, then the water is poured on our garden.
    - Amanda Eveille

    Other submitted water saving tips

    1. Place a bucket in the kitchen or laundry sink so when doing hand washing it can then easily be walked outside to water the plants.
    - Caitlin Law

    2. Collect warm up water in a bucket in the shower and don’t turn the shower on to maximum but just enough to shower yourself. Take your shower as quick as possible.
    - Ken, Gungahlin

  • Week 19 - 26 January 2020

    Week  -  19 - 26 January 2020


    When my 11 month old daughter and I have a shower time we have a 5 min shower together with a small tub in the bottom of the shower. After our shower we use the water from the tub to do things like wash the dog, water the veggies or soak stained clothes 
    - Courtney, MacGregor

    Other submitted water saving tips

    1. I have empty containers next to the kitchen sink all day. They get filled up with the cooler tap water that runs while I'm waiting for the hot water to kick in. That water gets used to fill up the magpies bird bath, kangaroos bowl out the front, and water some plants.
    - Sara Prietto

    2. Hooking a pipe from our gutters into a spare bin to catch our evaporative coolers excess water run off. We use it to water the gardens, wash cars and windows.
    - Alicia Hourigan

    3. Get a grey water tank for the lawn and garden. Use less products like soap, detergent, shampoo, then less water needed to rinse! Grow water saving plants, like Australian natives.
    - Rebeka Wolfe

    4. If you have a shower over the bath put the plug in the bath have your shower then bucket the water out to your plants. This also works with one of those plastic hand held shower hoses, which is what I use.
    - Eileen, Banks

    5. Keep water that you use to wash rice and vegetable in a bucket. being chinese i know how much water i use to wash my rice a week. also if you have a pet fish tank, keep the dirty water. I keep all this dirty water in a massive container and use it to water my plants. This helps to save money on liquid fertiliser like seasol and reduce water bill.
    - Karen, Holt

    6. I buried empty milk bottles with roughly 3mm holes punched in the side and the bottom of them next to the base of my plants in my veggie garden just deep enough so the lid was poking through the soil. When I water my veggies, I remove the lid of the milk bottle and pour in water that I captured from waiting for hot water in the shower. This waters direct to the roots instead of evaporating. After the storm the other day, there were lots of leaves on the ground. I sucked and mulched these up using a blower-vac and put them on my veggie garden. Free Mulch!
    - Edward, Gowrie

    7. Jar Wee - Pee in a large jar with a screw top, e.g. A 1kg flour container. Eliminates the need to flush, can collect wee for the garden with full privacy, contains the smell, traps the flow so it's mess-free for ladies, and prevents spillage. Everyone can have their own for comfort and hygiene! The wee can then be used in the garden as a fertiliser or to accelerate decomposition of organic matter.
    - Wing Keen, Watson

    8. Get a compost bin going. You can use the compost on the garden to help minimise evaporation and the need to water the garden. Just as importantly, if food waste ends up in landfill it produces greenhouses gases which contributes to climate change.
    - Carl, Watson

    Thank you everyone for participating in our water saving tips competition. Please see below some very useful water saving tips from our participants:

  • Week 5 - 12 December 2019

    Week  -  5 - 12 January 2020


    My super simple, cheap and effective water saving tip is DRIP SPIKES! Add a spike near the root of your plants in pots, attached a (recycled) plastic drink bottle, add some water and voila! Plants thrive as the roots are watered slowly with a low flow rate, and your water usage dwindles!
    - Benjamin Von Schnitzelworth

    Other submitted water saving tips

    1. If it's Yellow let it mellow...IF it's brown flush it down.
    - Jamie Woodcock

    2. Go out for the day! Turn off the water main if you have leaky taps.
    - Sandra Rosa

    3. When we refresh the dogs water we use the water still left in his bowl to water a plant at our front steps.
    - Kathryn Jane Stephenson

    4. When cooking, you only need enough water to submerge your vegetables. The same applies when having a bath.
    - Matt Barrett

    5. Shaving your legs in the shower wastes so much water! Using a bucket in your shower to collect water and using this for shaving is good but it saves more and is much funnier if you delay shaving them until hubby starts kindly offering to use the whipper snipper.
    - Karen, Holt

    6. Put a bucket in the shower while you're showering to catch water and use this to water the garden or your pot plants. It's surprising to see how quickly the bucket fills up and encourages you to finish your shower before it overflows!
    - Rebecca, Charnwood

    7. Continue to use a bucket in the shower but add in the 'teeth brushing' strategy of turning the tap on only to wet the hair/body and rinse off. Make sure the tap is turned off when you soap up or when you shampoo or condition the hair. The water in the bucket can then be used to flush the toilet.
    - Natalie, Florey

    8. I make sure my bench top dishwasher drains into a tub in the sink and then I use that water to flush the toilet (pour the bucket of water directly into the toilet bowl instead of pressing the flush button). No point using drinking water to flush when dirty water will do the same job and end up in the same place.
    - Natalie, Florey