There are many actions that are within your personal control that effect the amount of water consumed while here at the university and at home. Every little bit that individuals do makes a difference. This is probably best demonstrated by using some examples.
- By washing your fruit and vegetables in a sink half filled with water (about nine litres) instead of rinsing them under the tap, you could save around 15 litres of water every time.
- An automatic dishwasher can use more than 40 litres of water per cycle. Dishwashers with at least a AAA-rating can use as little as 18 litres per load.
- A tap left running can waste up to 17 litres of water a minute.
- A leaking toilet can waste more than 16,000 litres of water a year.
- An eight minute shower using a regular showerhead uses around 120 litres of water. A water efficient showerhead uses less than 72 litres.
- A AA-rated six kilogram washing machine uses less than 156 litres of water per cycle. A AAAA-rated six kilogram washing machine uses less than 72 litres of water per cycle.
Information courtesy of Sydney Water. http://www.sydneywater.com.au/