When renting a property, the water bill is sometimes included in the rent. However, a tenant can be charged for water if the property is deemed “Water Compliant.”
Water Efficient Devices need to be installed to be “Water Compliant”
- Internal cold water taps and single mixer taps (excluding bathtub taps and taps for appliances) with a maximum flow rate of 9 litres per minute
- Showerheads – with a maximum flow rate of 9 litres per minute
- Toilets – A dual flush function not exceeding 6.5 litres on a full flush and 3.5 litres on a half flush, and a maximum average flush volume of 4 litres (based on the average of one full flush and 4.5 flushes)
The requirement for taps applies only to internal cold water taps installed over a hand basin, kitchen sink or laundry trough (including single mixer taps). The requirement does not apply to other machines or dishwashers. These taps are NOT required to be water efficient.
Toilets – half flushes uses 3 litres of water. Full flush uses between 4.5 and 6 litres.
Dishwasher – depending on the brand/ make of the unit, a dishwasher could use between 20 and 30 litres of water and sometimes as low as 13 litres compared to handwashing which could use up to 80 litres per sink full!
Shower – a water-efficient showerhead uses approximately 9 litres of water per minute. An older style showerhead uses approximately 10 x more water at 19 litres per minute. Having a daily 5-minute shower with an older style showerhead uses about 36,500 litres per year! We use more water in our bathrooms than any other part of the house, so take shorter showers and turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving to save 15 litres per minute.
Laundry – select a washing machine with a 4-star rating or better. Front-load washing machines can use up to 50% less water, 35% less detergent and 30% less energy than top loaders.
When it comes to your yards and gardens – don’t overwater. Use mulch generously as it reduces water loss by up to 70% and enriches your soil, so it absorbs and holds more water.
It’s a great idea to keep your water usage in mind while doing your daily chores. Try installing water-efficient devices where possible to reduce usage and water bill.