Last Updated Dec 3, 2010 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald
With Australian households needing to become more conscious about how they use water due to longer lasting and more severe droughts, how can your household cut water usage in the bathroom? Here are our tips.
About 40 percent of all the water used in the household is used in the bathroom so it makes sense to conserve water wherever you can. What are some ways that you can use to save water?
A leaking tap or shower head can waste about two litres of water per hour. This may not sound like much, it can add up to nearly 20,000 litres of water a year. This is per tap, so the more leaks you have, the more water you're using! If your toilet is leaking, this can waste as much as 16,000 litres of water a year. To see if your toilet is leaking, place some food colouring in the cistern and wait for 15 minutes. If you see any colouring in the bowl, your toilet will need to be repaired.
While most people are familiar with dual flush toilets, there is more that you can do to increase the water efficiency of your loo. Installing a four star toilet means that you will be using just 4.5 litres for a full flush and 3 litres for a half flush, saving a family of four 35,000 litres of water a year. If you cannot replace your toilet, consider buying a gadget that only flushes the toilet for the amount of time that you hold down the button.
Flow regulators control the amount of water that is coming out of the tap without reducing water pressure. They are inexpensive, easy to install, and can be added to just about any fitting. A bathroom sink only needs a 2-4 litre per minute regulator while you can use a 9 litre per minute regulator for the shower.
Installing a three star showerhead means that no more than 9 litres of water per minute is used. This is in comparison to older showerheads which can use up to 20 litres of water per minute.
Also, turn the taps off while soaping up your body or washing your hair and turn them back on when you're ready to rinse. Don't worry about the cold as most showers retain enough heat to stop it from being uncomfortable.