Water for Households
The amount of water required for households can be reduced, by using water more efficiently, and greater use of local water supplies such as water runoff from roofs.
The Value of Water: Inquiry into Australias management of urban water. Parliament. Australia. 2002.12
Household water use can be reduced through dual flush toilets, low flow shower heads, water efficient washing machines and dishwashers; water efficent gardens using native plants, minimal lawns and efficient watering systems; and avoiding water wasting behavior - not watering lawns in the heat of the day, not hosing down driveways and gutters, not having long showers.
Household Water Consumption - Causes
Price of Affluence: more water down drain. Stephanie Peatling. Sydney Morning Herald. 2003.4.12
A Bureau of Statistics report on water use in NSW, released yesterday over the last 15 years says:
- The number of houses using appliances such as dishwashers has significantly increased.
- The number of households with more than one toilet, shower or bath has almost doubled.
- The number of households with alternative water sources remains unchanged.
Urban campaigner with the Total Environment Centre, Leigh Martin, said the report showed there was "enormous scope for reductions in water consumption."