Tips to reduce your water use

You can also try some of these tips to help you save water at home:


  • Water your garden before 7am or after 9pm.
  • Water your garden with a handheld hose only.
  • Install a drip feed irrigation system.
  • Water every other day (this is policy for those on town supply)
  • Water your garden at cooler, less windy times of the day to ensure your plants retain the water they need.
  • Set your lawn mower to leave grass slightly longer. Short grass dries out sooner.  


  • Turn off the tap when cleaning your teeth or shaving – you could save 10 litres of water a minute.
  • Reduce your shower time to four minutes or less.
  • Install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors.
  • Use the half flush on your toilet.


  • Wait until you have a full load before starting your dishwasher. When possible, use the eco-setting.
  • Avoid rinsing dishes under a running tap.


  • Wait until you have a full load before starting your washing machine, or use the partial load settings.


  • Use a broom to sweep your driveway rather than hosing it clean.
  • Wash your car with a bucket of water on the lawn and you’ll water your lawn at the same time.

South Wairarapa District Council