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;
Watering with a sprinkler, irrigation system or hose is permitted
any day before
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
Council’s water supply can
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.
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.
Saving Tips can be found on Council’s website and in the Water and Sewer Customer Service
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
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
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.
rainwater tank for garden use.
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
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.
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.
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.