Water Saving Tips.

As our precious resource of water is increasingly spread thinner and as it becomes more and more expensive, we are being forced to consider new ways of saving water.

There are many simple practical ideas about saving water in the garden and at home.



In the Garden.

  • Install Jem Australia products.
  • If you mulch around your trees and plants, you can save up to 50% of the water they need. Mulching significantly reduces evaporation, keeping the moisture around the plant's roots where it's needed.
  • Use your lawn clippings, as an effective and readily available mulch around your trees and plants.
  • The best time to mulch is Spring, before the hot summer months arrive and dry out that precious moisture.
  • When you water trees or plants, direct the hose around the base, so the water goes straight to the roots. Don't waste water by watering the leaves. It's of no use to the tree and plant and the moisture will quickly evaporate.
  • A good deep watering will be much better than a quick sprinkle. If you can use a watering system, get drippers for a better deeper soaking, rather than sprayers. This will encourage the growth of deeper stronger roots.
  • Make sure you put a timer on any sprinkler system. Then, you won't waste water if you forget to turn the tap off.
  • The best time of day to water is in the early evening when the rate of evaporation is at its lowest. Then, the water has more of a chance of lasting longer in the cool of the night. Watering in the early morning is another good time.
  • Aerate your soil or lawn by occasionally forking holes into it, to reduce run off and ensure that the water soaks in better.
  • Plant more native trees and plants. They need less water than more exotic species. Those plants natural to your local area are generally the most economical with water.
  • When planting a lawn, choose a low maintenance slow growing grass with deeper roots and one that doesn't demand a lot of water.
  • Don't cut the lawn too short and again, use the clippings for mulch elsewhere in the garden.
  • Top dressing your lawn cuts the amount of water it needs. It helps reduce evaporation.
  • If you have a pool, be careful not to fill it too full. As soon as someone jumps in and starts swimming or playing around, the excess will overflow and go straight down the drain.
  • Turn off taps tightly and replace washers as soon as any leaks appear.
  • Keep a regular check for leaky taps and garden hoses. A simple leak could cost you up to 1,000 litres of water per month.
  • Don't use your hose as a ‘broom', washing down paths or washing away leaves. Sweeping can be good exercise!
  • Wash your car with a bucket, not a hose. Try to wash it on the grass. Many car wash detergents can be good for the grass, just like a fertiliser.


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In the Home

  • Install Jem taps and fittings.
  • When you wash food like vegetables, put the plug in the sink, instead of letting the water just run down the drain. Even try to use the collected water elsewhere, like in the garden.
  • Try to cook using methods that don't waste water, like using a microwave, a pressure cooker, or steaming.
  • Turn off taps tightly and replace washers as soon as any leaks appear.
  • Keep a regular check for leaky taps. A simple leak could cost you up to 1,000 litres of water per month.
  • Choose appliances that are water efficient. Manufacturers are working really hard to provide water saving options. If you choose a dishwasher with a AAA rating, you can reduce the amount of water you use from 40 litres per load, to around 20 litres per load - a saving of 50%
  • Make sure the dishwasher is full before you use it.
  • Look for the water saving settings on both your dishwasher and washing machine and use them as much as you can.
  • Keep a check on your monthly water bill, and keep an eye out for any sudden surges in water use.
  • Talk to your plumber about ways in which you can re-cycle water from your showers and washing machine. Maybe this could be used in your garden or even using it to flush toilets.
  • Consider installing water efficient rain water tanks.