Water Conservation

Water is a precious resource and Uralla Shire Council is committed to water conservation and sustainability. We can all take steps to make our water consumption more efficient whether in our homes and gardens, at our schools or in our businesses.

At Home

  • Fix leaky taps. A slowly dripping tap can waste thousands of litres of water per year.
  • Only use dishwashers or washing appliances with a full load to optimise water usage.
  • Keep a jug of tap water in the fridge for drinking in the summer months: that way you don't have to run the tap until the water runs cold.
  • Turn off the tap whilst brushing teeth and limit the length of your shower.
  • Use a container when washing fruit and vegetables in the sink.

In the Garden

  • Plant a waterwise garden incorporating native plants or plants with low water requirements.
  • Use mulch or compost in the garden to retain moisture in the soil.
  • Avoid over-watering your lawn. You can encourage your grass to grow deeper roots by using less water.
  • Install a water collection tank to collect roof run off.
  • Collect the 'warm-up' water in a bucket from your shower and use to water your garden or running the washing machine.

At School

  • Use a refillable water bottle.
  • Report leaky taps, water fountains and toilets.
  • Raise awareness and talk to others about conserving water.

In Business

  • Replace tap washers and seals annually. 
  • Install rainwater tanks and water-saving devices.
  • Involve your staff and make water conservation a part of your business practices.