• national water week

    Water Week

    19-25 October 2020. We’re making a big splash with buckets of fun activities to help you learn about our water system and discover ways you can help to secure our ongoing water supply!

  • Water Restrictions Central Coast

    Water Restrictions

    Water restrictions apply to all outdoor use of town water, including rainwater tanks that are topped up with town water.

  • 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.

Water Restrictions

Level 1 restrictions apply, with Level 2 restrictions to come into effect when Mangrove Creek Dam storage is at 40%.

Water tanks

The roof of an average-sized three-bedroom home can collect up to 180,000 litres of rainwater every year – that's a massive 18,000 buckets of water!

Water storage level

Mangrove Creek Dam Storage:
59.65 %

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

  • When I boil a jug of water for a cup of tea, I make sure the jug is full and put the remaining boiling water in a thermos so I don’t have to boil another jug later
  • When we are ready to wash up we put a 2lt jug under the hot water tap to catch the water until it’s hot enough for washing up. We then pour the water into our kettle for making tea or coffee.
  • Don't shower every day. If you're not dirty or smelly just give the bits that matter a bit of a splash with water & a face washer.
  • I tend to use the same taps every time. Eg. the bathroom sink, I always use the cold tap. However because I’ve been caught a couple of times after I’ve had visitors, Its part of my routine to check the taps are turned off before I go to bed before I turn out the lights.
  • I keep a bucket in the shower to collect the cold water before it warms up and also any drips as I have my shower. I then use it as required to flush the toilet.
  • I run a bath for my son, and when he is done, I use the same water to wash the dog!
  • kids water bottles, at the end of the school day pour remaining water on your gardens
  • How much water do we waste in the shower when lathering, shaving, washing our hair and whilst doing this we lean out of the water then lean back in to rinse. All that clean water going down the drain! What if there was a way to easily turn the water off when it's not needed in the shower.
  • I keep a plastic tub in my kitchen sink to catch waste water from things such as rinsing a cup, washing hands, washing vegetables and use this to water my plants. We turn taps on and off numerous times a day for small things so catch the waste water to use in the garden makes sense.
  • For top loader machines- last rinse cycle (as water is cleaner) can be used to wash the car, flush the toilet, water the lawn.
  • Hi What we have found rewarding is to collect the cold water from all accessible taps which runs before the hot water arrives and use it to fill kettle or water plants, its appx 1.5lts each time.
  • We have a bucket under the heater for our spa to collect the condensation, we use this to water the garden.

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