Water Saving

A national strategy which embraces water-use efficiency through improved design and use of water-using appliances is part of a sustainable development meeting the needs of this generation without making it difficult or impossible for future generations to fulfil their own needs.The Australian Water Industry has recognised the potential for water-saving in improving the designs of water-saving appliances such as toilets, shower heads, washing machines and others.This strategy has been initiated as a practical means of assisting water demand management where, for instance, capital expenditure on water resource development (new dams, bores and water treatment, etc.) might be reduced or deferred.
In Denver, Colorado, USA, for example, the Institute shows that full use of water-saving appliances in households would save more water than a proposed US$1 billion dam would supply.The average cost of water saved in this way was a quarter the cost of equivalent supply, treated to potable quality, from the proposed new dam.Further to this it was shown that water for domestic irrigation could be saved through improvements in irrigation efficiency alone, at one tenth the cost of equivalent supply from the proposed new dam.

These improvements did not include any changes in lawn size, quality or type, nor in types of plants or techniques in landscape design.

The Australian Government’s “Commission for the Future¬≤” states that “Individuals can reduce their impact on the environment by reducing demands on resources”.
For more information on Saving Water please go to Sydney Water Saving Water Section