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Turn the tap off while brushing your teeth.

Fill up a cup with water and gargle from it, instead of letting the tap run.

Take shorter showers.

Four minutes in the shower should get you clean. Use a shower timer so you don’t go over the time limit. Cutting your shower time from seven to four minutes can save about seven buckets of water. That’s 14 buckets of water a day if you take two showers a day.

Turn off the shower while you lather or soap up and when you shampoo and condition your hair.

Don’t run the shower at full pressure while you wait for the water to warm up. Keep it at a trickle.

Keep a bucket in the shower to catch water as it warms up.

You can then use this for cleaning (like washing your windows) or in the garden.

If your toilet has one, use the half flush whenever possible.

We flush about one third of household water down the toilet! Look at the numbers below and think of how many times you flush the toilet every day:

  • Single flush toilet:  11 litres (just over one bucket) of water every flush
  • Dual flush toilet:  4.5 to 6 litres (about half a bucket) of water every full flush
  • Dual flush toilet:  3 litres (about a quarter of a bucket) of water every half flush
If you spot a leaky tap, tell your parents and they can get it fixed.

Dripping taps waste water – as much as nine buckets a day. That’s more than 3,000 buckets in one year.

Is your toilet always hissing at you? Tell your parents. It could be a leak.

A toilet leak can waste about four buckets of water a day. That’s nearly 1,500 buckets of water in one year!

Wash fruit and vegies in a bowl of water instead of under a running tap.

You can then use this for cleaning (like washing your windows) or in the garden.

Make sure the dishwasher is full before you run it.

Today’s dishwashers are very economical using between 16 and 24 litres of water on a normal cylcle and even less on an economy cycle. So use the dishwasher when it is full once a day.

When doing dishes by hand, wash them in a sink, not under running water.

A running tap can waste about 10 litres of water per minute. In just two minutes, you can waste about 20 litres of water. That’s two buckets of water!

Fill the sink and make sure your sink plugs don’t leak. Get your parents to buy new ones if they don’t completely seal the drain.

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