In the South East are subject to permanent water conservation measures from SA Water. You can be fined for not following these guidelines so it is a good idea to make sure you know what the rules are!
Beyond following these guidelines there are also many water-saving things you can do around the home to help take the pressure off the Blue Lake. For example a water-saving shower head can save you 11 litres of water a MINUTE!!
Did you know that more than 40% of household water use is outside? Let your lawn die off in summer. Consider planting drought-resistant lawns or making areas which are inefficient to water lawn-free, such as slopes, where a native groundcover will do better and look great.
If you have to water your lawn, water once every 10 days – a good soak every now and then encourages drought resistance. When mowing, keep lawns at least 2cm tall. The shade will protect the roots from the sun and the lawn will require less water to keep in shape.
Mulch! Mulch can help prevent 73% of evaporation loss, reduce weed growth (weeds compete with plants for water).
Ask your nursery about hardy plants that don’t require much water – you will be surprised at the range a waterless garden can contain.
Fix leaks! That drip drip sound is telling you something – that you are wasting the Blue Lake.
Have shorter showers – 30% of water used inside the home goes down the shower drain.
Make sure your dishwasher and washing machine are full before using them.
Don’t leave the tap running when doing a few dishes, washing vegetables or brushing your teeth. There is no good reason to waste water this way.
Consider buying a front-loading washing machine, they can save up to 100 litres per wash compared to their top-loading cousins.
If you have a pool always keep it covered. You can reduce evaporation by 80%, saving lots of water.