Baths & Showers

If you just look at the water used inside Australian homes (not including outdoor use) then over a third is used in the bathroom, primarily providing baths and showers, but also washing hands, brushing teeth and in shaving.

Tips for saving water in the bath or shower:

  • Have a shower instead of a bath. Since few people enjoy a shallow bath, baths use more water than quick showers, particularly if the shower has a water-saving showerhead. Save baths for when you have the time to enjoy a good soak.
  • Have a shorter shower. If you’re using a conventional shower head with a flow rate of 12 litres per minute and you reduce your shower length from 8 minutes to 5 minutes, in one year of having one shower per day you’ll save 13,140L of water.
  • Given that each minute extra in the shower means more water use, don’t brush your teeth or shave while taking a shower. These tasks are best performed with the least waste of water using a filled basin.
  • Install a water-saving showerhead. It takes one trip to a plumbing supplier or hardware shop to buy a new water-saving showerhead (a shower rose) and just a few minutes to install it. A standard showerhead has a flow rate of around 12-15 litres per minute, while a 3-star-rated water-saving rose has a rate of under 9 litres per minute. Based on these flow rates, swapping to a water efficient showerhead will save Those showers will probably have been hot, so you’ll also have saved the cost of heating all that water. Water efficient showerheads are listed on the Water Rating website at http://search.waterrating.com.au. Don’t accept less than a 3-star rating.
  • Keep a bucket in the shower to catch cold water while waiting for the hot water to come through. The water caught can be used elsewhere in the house or garden.