• Live to 150L

    Live to 150L

    If we reduce our use to 150 litres each day, water supplies will last much longer.

  • Love Water

    Love Water

    The drought is draining the Coast’s dams. If we each use a little less water, our supply will last much longer without rain.

  • Fix a dripping tap

    Fix a dripping tap

    A dripping tap can waste 15 litres of water a day, or 5,500 litres of water each year. Installing a washer to stop the flow is easy.

  • Washing up

    Wash up wisely

    We use about 10% of our household water in the kitchen. These tips will help you save water.

Restrictions Level

Water Wise Rules are in place, with Level 1 restrictions to come into effect when Mangrove Creek Dam storage is at 50%.

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Water storage level

Mangrove Creek Dam Storage:
50.69 %

Love water? Then live to 150L!

The Central Coast is affected by drought and our dam levels are falling. If we each aim to use less than 150 litres per person per day, our water will last much longer.

On average, every Central Coast resident uses about 180 litres each day. If we each reduce our use by the equivalent of three buckets of water each day, then we’ll easily meet the 150-litre target.

How much water do you use? Try our calculator to work out how much you’re using in and around your home. The answer may surprise you!

Looking for some tips on how you can “live to 150L?” Explore our hints on how to best use water in the home, garden or your business.

Tips and Tricks

  • Our hot water takes ages to get warm so there is wastage each time we turn the hot tap on, especially in the kitchen. We bottle the first cooler water , before the hot water arrives, to use on the pot plants and in the washing machine.
  • Use terracotta pots to make 'olla' water reservoirs in the garden, the saucer on top as a lid also acts as drinking water for bees and other insects.
  • I place a bucket underneath my air conditioning unit to catch any condensation run off, I’ll then use that to water the outdoor plants. I accumulate approximately 1litre per hour.
  • If using a reverse osmosis water filter, try to harvest the "waste" water for the garden or washing dishes/clothes, since it is suitable for such applications, rather than discarding it.
  • We have a 1.5 litre bucket on the kitchen bench to collect any rinsing water we use in the kitchen sink.. we collect approximately 4 buckets a day- we use this grey water to water the lawn, or the garden and indoor plants.
  • Don't use the dishwasher, wash up by hand, its easy and healthy
  • While waiting for the hot water to come through I catch the water in tubs and use it to water the plants. I do this from the sink and from the shower and what is left over I put in a bowl for the birds on the verandah
  • I use the rinse washing water for lawn its only watering. Collect several bucket loads for washing cars and toilet. Excellent saves over 100 litres. :)
  • We have a hose from our washing machine that flows to our garden. No precious water down the drain from our laundry 😀
  • Plant Australian native plants that are indigenous to your area. They survive without needing watering.
  • When watering the garden using a hose, ensure you have a on/off switch connected so that you can turn off the water while you walk from the tap to the garden bed to save precious drops from running off on the pavement.
  • We place buckets under the corners of guttering and other spots where running drips occur when raining also an open small tank off the garage. This is used for watering pot plants, garden or filling bird baths. This gathers about 250 litres.

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