Reduce your water use with free audit

Publish Date : 24 Mar 2017
Reduce your water use with free audit
Wayne Dunning uses stormwater from his roof to irrigate his garden.

Keep up the good work Auckland – we’re doing well at saving water, but we need to keep going while the Ardmore treatment plant gets back up to full capacity.

One way to get on track with savings is to get a free water audit from Watercare, which provides you with a personalised report showing how their household can best make savings.

Resident thrilled with audit

St Johns resident Wayne Dunning has received a water audit and says it’s a great service.

“They were very thorough – they checked every appliance involving water and checked all the fittings.”

As a result of the audit, he performed a leak test, had a flow restrictor installed in a shower and had a leaking tap fixed.

Dunning already knows a thing or two about saving water – he uses two 1000 litre tanks to catch the run-off from part of his roof and has set up an irrigation system for his impressive vegetable and flower gardens using the collected stormwater.

With Aucklanders being asked to save 20 litres per person, per day, Dunning is also using water from his tanks to fill the washing machine and toilet.

“We’re doing our bit to save water. I grew up on a farm and we had tank water. I learned that water was very precious and not endless.”

Find out how to get a water audit for your home

Five easy ways to save water

  1. Cut your shower time by two minutes: Approximate saving = 16 litres
  2. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. Approximate saving = 4 litres
  3. Only run your dishwasher when it’s full.
  4. Only run your washing machine when it’s full.
  5. Use the half-flush on your toilet.
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