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Water Conservation
With a pattern of lower than average rainfall currently effecting Mansfield Shire it’s crucial that all residents use water wisely. Mansfield Shire is one of the fastest growing regional Shires in Victoria. While this brings a prosperous economy and a rich and fulfilling lifestyle for residents it also means more pressure is put on our most precious resource – water. It is a renewable resource but only if it’s used efficiently. Some simple changes at home will make a big difference to the amount of water you use without affecting your lifestyle.

More than half of a typical household’s water is used inside. The bathroom consumes most (this includes the toilet, shower and bath) with washing machines and dishwashers a close second.

The following tips from the Goulburn Valley Water website can assist you to save water at home.

  • Toilet: A water efficient dual-flush toilet uses only 6 litres or less per flush. An older style toilet uses 11-12 litres per flush. A silent leak in a toilet can waste 225 litres or more a day. Check toilets for silent leaks by placing a few drops of food colouring in the tank. Wait 15 minutes. If the colour appears in the bowl, you have a leak and should have it repaired.
  • Bathroom: A water efficient low-flush shower head delivers 9 litres to 15 litres a minute (90-150 litres for a 10 minute shower). A standard shower head can deliver up to 25 litres a minute when fully open (that’s 250 litres for 10 minute shower). Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth or shaving and save 5 litres of water each time.
  • Laundry: Washing machines can use between 90 to 200 litres of water per load! Be sure to choose carefully the one that suits you best and match the load setting on the washing machine with the amount of laundry to be washed.
  • Kitchen: An efficient dishwasher uses no more water than hand-washing dishes and half that of older models. Remember to fully load before using, and choose the correct cycle. Clean fruit and vegetables using water in a plugged sink rather than under a running tap.
  • Outside: Use a broom to clean paths and driveways. 10 minutes spent hosing pavements uses 200 litres of water. Wash your car using a bucket and sponge. Hose only for a quick final rinse. By washing the car on the lawn, your grass gets some water as well. Regularly check taps and pipes for leaks. 600 litres per day is wasted by a continuously dripping tap

For more information on water conservation see Goulburn Valley Water fact sheets on their website.