Living Water Smart Outside Your Home - Gosford - Wyong, Nsw, Australia
Pools and spas Top 10 tipsEvaporation is a major reason for water loss frompools and spas. You can reduce the amount of For saving water outside your homewater used for pools and spas by: 1. Install a rainwater tank• installing a pool cover to reduce evaporation 2. Reuse greywater on your garden• backwashing your filter on the 3. Use a trigger nozzle hose lawn 4. Use a bucket when washing your car• using a bucket or rainwater tank to top up your pool 5. Use a broom to clean driveways and paths• installing a cover over the pool such 6. Plant drought resistant plants as a shade sail to limit evaporation 7. Use mulch on your garden to keep in• following the current water restrictions. moisture Outside your home 8. Use a pool cover to stop evaporation 9. Follow the current water restrictions 10. Regularly monitor your water meterTaps and fixturesDripping taps can waste up to 200 litres per day.You can check if you have a leak by regularlymonitoring your water meter. If you see a largeincrease in your meter readings it is possible youhave a leak. To check for a leak you should recordthe reading when no water will be used for a fewhours, like before you go to bed. Check the watermeter in the morning and any increase shows theremay be a leak.You can reduce the water wastedfrom taps and fixtures by: For more information visit• fixing dripping taps, usually by www.gwcwater.nsw.gov.au replacing the washer• installing new water efficient taps• retrofitting old taps with aerators or flow control valves.If you can’t find the source of the leak or need helpchanging fixtures contact your plumber.
Living Water Smart - Gardens and lawns Car and boat washingOutside your home Reduce the amount of water used when washingHouseholds are responsible for almost 80 your car or boat by using a bucketpercent of all water use on the Central Coast. and sponge or a trigger nozzleAbout 30 percent of this from outside activities hose.like watering the garden, washing your car or To minimise runoff it ismaintaining your pool. recommended you washBy Living Water Smart in your home you can your car or boat on the lawn.help save this precious resource and secure ourwater supply for years to come. 21% You should also follow the current water restrictions for carThe Central Coast has a daily water use target of for watering150 litres per person. By following this target you and boat washing. the garden andcan save water and money. This brochure gives lawnyou some tips to help reduce your water use. You can reduce the amount of water used in your garden by: • using native and drought tolerant plants • composting the soil • installing a drip irrigation system with timer • installing a rainwater tank • watering with a trigger nozzle hose and only at times when restrictions allow • using soil wetting agents or water saving crystals • using mulch to reduce water loss. You can reduce the amount of water used on your lawn by: • limiting lawn watering during winter • using an alternate source of water such as a rainwater tank or greywater 30% • mowing grass higher to make it more drought tolerant Other outdoor cleaning Reduce the amount of water used for outside of water used cleaning by using a broom, brush or rake. Swap • not mowing if hot weather is expected in the home is your hose for a: from outside • reducing your grassed area • fertilising all year round. • broom to clean driveways and paths activities Do not use fixed hoses, sprinklers and micro • bucket and sponge to clean windows and spray systems for watering your garden or lawn. outdoor furniture. These devices waste a large amount of water.