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Water Conservation TipsKōrero āwhina penapena wai

We all need to use water wisely and more efficiently. Especially in summer when there is increased demand for the likes of sprinklers and pools. That’s why we’ve put together the following tips, tricks and videos to help you save water in and around your house.

Water Conservation

Saving H2O is the way to go.

These days, everyone has to use water more efficiently.

We get our water from the Heretaunga aquifer, and the hotter the summer, the harder it is to make sure everyone has the water they need.

Saving H20 is the way to go, but everyone has to come on board. If each of us does a little to save water it will make a big difference.

How much water do I use?

Filling up a class of water from a tap.This page shows the average daily water use in a home. One bucket holds an average of 10 litres. Use this information to answer the following questions...

  • How much water would you use if you left the garden sprinklers on for two hours?
  • If you had a leaking pipe (1.5mm hole), how many litres of water would you use every day?
  • How much water would you waste if you had a leaky tap and didn't fix it for a week?
  • How much water do you use in a day? What about your whole family?


FunctionWater UsedBuckets (10L)
 Dishwashing by hand  12 to 15 litres per wash  1 - 1½
 Dishwasher  20 to 60 litres per wash  2 - 6
 Drinking, Cooking, Cleaning  8 litres per person  ¾ - 1


FunctionWater UsedBuckets (10L)
 Toilet  4.5 to 11 litres per flush  ½ - 1
 Bath  50 to 120 litres (half full)  5 - 12
 Shower (8 minutes)  70 to 160 litres per 8 minutes  7 - 16
 Handbasin  5 litres  ½
Tap Running (Cleaning Teeth, Washing hands)  5 litres  ½
 Leaking Tap  200 litres  20


FunctionWater UsedBuckets (10L)
 Washing Machine (Front Loading)  23 litres per kg of dry clothing  2
 Washing Machine (Top Loading)  31 litres per kg of dry clothing  3
 Dripping Tap  200 litres  20


 Function Water Used Buckets (10L)
 Hand Watering by Hose  600 to 900 litres per hour  60 - 90
 Garden Sprinkler  Up to 1500 litres per hour  150
 Car Wash with Hose  100 to 300 litres  10 - 30
 Filling Swimming Pool  20,000 to 50,000 litres  2,000 - 5,000
 Leaking Pipe (1.5mm hole)  300 litres per day  30

How much water does your household use each day?
That's a lot of water in just one day!

Think about every drop you use and how you can save water today! 


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