Saving Water at Home

Let's be waterwise!

Water is a precious resource that must be conserved! It is important to use water wisely so we can all enjoy its benefits, now and into the future. A few simple changes at home can go a long way to help you save water and make your household more water-efficient.

Here are some useful tips and tricks to reduce your water footprint at home:
Fix those leaks
  • One drip every second adds up. Each year an astonishing amount of approximately 700 million buckets of water is lost through residential leaks in Perth alone. Fixing water leaks at home will save you both, valuable resources and money.

  • Leak Assist: If you are a residential property owner, the Water Corporation offers a $100 rebate when you get your leak repaired. To claim your rebate, please visit Leak Assist. All applications must be received by 15 June 2021.

  • For more information on how to fix a leak and how you can check your toilet for leaks, visit the Water Corporation’s website.

Turn off the tap
  • Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save up to 10L per minute!
  • When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.

  • Wash fruits and vegetables in your kitchen sink instead of letting water run down the drain.

Showering drives 25% of total household water use but it is easy to save water by making a few simple changes:

  • Keep your shower under 4 minutes and turn off the shower while shaving or washing your hair. This can result in a water saving of up to 30%.​

  • To help you reduce your shower time, check out Bathroom Beats on Spotify. When the song is over, time to hop out of the shower.

  • Upgrade your old showerhead to a water-efficient one and save up to 20,000L water per year, that is saving 2000 buckets of water.

  • Water Corporation’s Showerhead Swap: You can swap up to 2 old inefficient showerheads for new models for free. To claim yours, head over to Metro Showerhead Swap. But hurry, this offer is limited to 10,000 showerheads!

Here in WA we use over 40% of household water in the garden! There are many ways you can save water in your garden:

  • ​Collect rainwater: installing a rainwater tank helps to conserve our precious water supply and can assist with maintaining your garden. To optimise the full conservation potential of your rainwater tank, the rainwater system should be plumbed into the building which substitutes using scheme water

  • Check your sprinklers: make your sprinkler system more efficient and save water! Visit Water Corporations Sprinklers & Irrigation to find the best sprinkler type for your garden needs.

  • Waterwise plants: the use of local, native Western Australian plant species that are climate tolerant and adapted to our local weather conditions will help preserve water. They look great and they’re low maintenance – it’s a Win-Win situation!
    When designing your garden, think about grouping plants with similar watering needs together, a great way to make your garden more waterwise. 

  • Mulch, Mulch, Mulch: mulch insulates and protects the soil from drying out. It protects the roots from overheating, which is especially important during those hot summer days. Your plants will Thank You.

More information and contact

For more ideas that can help you save water at home, check out the Water Corporation’s waterwise advice guidelines or get in touch with the City's Sustainability Officer on 08 9411 3444 or

You can also find out what the City is doing as a Waterwise Council to conserve water across its operations. 



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