Bathroom taps

Save water when using your bathroom taps:

  • A running tap uses about 16 litres of water each minute.
  • A dripping tap can waste up to 12,000 litres a year! That's a lot of water, so make sure you get it fixed.
  • Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth. Wet your brush and use a glass for rinsing.
  • Don’t rinse your razor under a running tap. Filling the basin with a little warm water is just as effective and less wasteful.


Kitchen taps

  • When washing dishes by hand, don’t rinse them under a running tap. If you have two sinks, fill the second one with rinsing water. If you have only one sink, stack washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a pan of hot water.
  • Use washing-up liquid sparingly as this will reduce the amount of rinsing required when washing dishes by hand.
  • Use a plugged sink or a pan of water to rinse. This saves running the tap continuously.
  • When boiling veggies, use only enough water to cover them and keep the lid on the saucepan. Your veggies will be ready more quickly and it will save you water, power, and preserve precious vitamins in your food.
  • Flow-controlled aerators for taps are inexpensive and can reduce water flow by 50%.
  • Place food in the fridge refrigerator to defrost overnight, rather than defrosting under running water. 
  • If you have a leaking tap, replace the washer or other components as required. Dripping taps can waste 30–200 litres of water per day.

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