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Water Saving Rules

To ensure Singleton Council has a secure drinking water supply to meet the long term needs of our customers, a set of three key water saving rules have been developed. These are common sense outdoor actions to help save on water wastage and reduce bills, which apply to everyone who uses water sourced from Singleton Council, including residents, businesses and government.

The key rules are;

  • All hand held hoses must have a trigger nozzle attached.
  • Watering with a sprinkler, irrigation system or hose is permitted any day before

  • 10am or after 4pm. This avoids the hottest part of the day when water wastage occurs due to evaporation. Watering-cans can be used at anytime, as can filling a bucket, washing a vehicle, building or pet, or topping up / filling a swimming pool, provided a trigger nozzle or pressure cleaner is used.
  • No hosing of paths, driveways, concrete and other paved areas except when cleaning with water is necessary for reasons of safety, health, emergency, construction activity or surface discolouration. Use a broom or blower.

 Council’s water supply can be used:

  • In the event of, or to prevent an accident, health hazard, surface discolouration or environmental issue;
  • To defend property from fire or test fire protection systems;

  • Watering systems can be used to establish new lawns and gardens for up to 14 days from installation; and

  • The use of water is allowed at any time for the purpose of cooling people or animals.

Exemptions do exist for health, safety and emergency reasons and for certain businesses, such as commercial nurseries and landscapers, sporting grounds, firefighting and the use of rain or bore water.

Water Saving Tips can be found on Council’s website and in the Water and Sewer Customer Service Guidelines.

Water Saving Tips Aroung the Home

What better place to start to use water wisely than inside the home. It’s where we have the most control over how things are done.


Around the House

  • Check for leaks regularly. Advice on testing your meter can be found in the Monitoring of Water Use and Water Leaks section of this document.

  • If you discover a leak, call a plumber to help you detect were the leak may be.

  • If you are away or not regularly at the property turn the water meter off before you leave to prevent unintended water usage.

  • Some hot water systems (including solar panels), air conditioning units, reverse cycle systems and pool solar heating have pressure release valves and overflow outlets which release water. This should be diverted away from the house to prevent damage; consider re-using this water on gardens or lawns.


Around the Garden

  •  Wash your car or boat on the lawn and water the grass at the same time.
  • Use a broom, rake or outdoor blower to clean paths and driveways.

  • Make sure taps and hose fittings are not leaking, a dripping tap can waste more than 2000 litres a month.

  • A forgotten sprinkler can waste thousands of litres of water, consider using a timer to prevent wastage.

  • When watering the garden use a trigger nozzle hand held hose and only water when required. Water in the early mornings or evenings and avoid watering in hot windy weather.

  • Choose the right plants, there are many water wise varieties available which need much less maintenance and watering.

  • Mulching the garden is a great way to reduce evaporation and water run-off. Good quality mulch will also provide nutrients and reduce weed growth.

  • Install a rainwater tank for garden use.

In the Kitchen

  • Kitchens account for up to 20% of your indoor water usage, installing an efficient low-flow tap will

  • help reduce the amount of water you use.

  • Always turn taps off so they don’t drip.

  • When hand washing dishes, never run water continuously.

  • When using a dishwasher only wash full loads, use the shortest cycle possible.

  • When cleaning fruits and vegetables, wash them in a partially filled sink and rinse off quickly under the tap.

  • Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge instead of running the tap until the water gets cool each time you want some water to drink.


In the Bathroom

  • Upgrade old toilets and install dual flush cisterns. See Dual Flush Rebate section of this document for rebates currently available to customers.

  • Check toilets for leaks; try putting a small amount of food colouring in the tank and look to see whether it seeps into the bowl without flushing.

  • When shaving partially fill the sink and use that water rather than running the tap continuously, use short bursts of water to clean razors.

  • Short showers use less water than baths, but if you still prefer bathing, avoid overfilling the bathtub.

  • Capture water in a bucket while you are waiting for the hot water to heat up, your plants will love it.

  • Don’t run water whilst brushing teeth.


In the Laundry

  • Wash only full loads in your washing machine and use the shortest possible washing cycle.

  • If your washing machine has an adjustable water level indicator, set the dial to use only as much water as necessary.

  • If you have a septic system, spread your washing out to avoid heavy use days that could overload the system and always use environmentally friendly products.

Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290