Hastings is lucky to have a good supply of fresh, clean water from its underground aquifers, but we should not take this for granted.
By taking a few simple steps to reduce your water useage now, you can help ensure future generations enjoy the same privilege. The information below contains tips and suggestions for saving water in your every day life.
Water useage monitor
To see how much water is being used in the Hastings District see the Water Useage Monitor
Water saving tips
Turn off the tap
The simplest way to save water is to use less of it!
Leaks waste more water than you might think. A tap dripping at 50ml per minute (one egg cup full) will waste 72 litres of water a day. Over a year, that’s more than 26,000 litres - enough to fill a family-sized swimming pool. A leaking hot tap could cost you more than $200 a year in power.
When rinsing dishes or food, put in the plug and part-fill the sink instead of running water throughout the whole job. You can do the same when washing your face or brushing your teeth.
Fill a jug
Keep a water jug in the fridge in summer so you don’t have to run the tap for ages to get your water cold enough to drink. You can also give kids their own water bottle.
Scrape dishes and use the 'eco' settings
Rinsing plates in the sink can waste many litres of water and is often unnecessary. Modern dishwashers will cope with grease and even small food scraps without rinsing first. Many modern appliances have water or energy-saving modes which are worth using. Note that half-load modes generally use more than half the water and energy of a full load, so it can be better to wait until you have a full load to do.
A typical bath uses 180 litres of water. A typical shower uses anything from 20 to 100 litres, depending on how long you stay in.
Reduce toilet water use
Toilets use between three (for recent dual flush models) and 12 litres per flush! Many households use one third of their water to flush the toilet. You can adjust your toilet so it uses less water, simply put a displacement device such as a ‘gizmo’, a brick or a plastic bag filled with water inside a single-flush cistern.