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Posted on 31 May, 2018 in Tenants , Renting , Darwin

Top Water Saving Tips for Darwin Residents

Top Water Saving Tips for Darwin Residents

Did you know that the average person uses around 150 litres of water per day? This amount equals almost two bathtubs of water for each person, or about 54,750 litres per year. And, since the average household size in Australia is projected to be around 2.6 people per household, this means that the average family consumes around 142,350 litres per year. These numbers clearly show us how much water we use.

The sad fact of the matter is that we flush most of this water away every day. Everyone should watch their water consumption because it can end up costing them more money and it's a waste of precious resources. Here are some valuable water-saving tips and practical information for tenants and home owners who want to be water conscious.

You Pay Twice for the Water You Use

Regardless of whether you are a tenant or homeowner, you essentially pay twice for every drop of water you use. First, you pay to transport the water to your house or apartment. Then you pay for the cost of heating the water. 

For renters, your monthly rent may include both of these costs, as your tenancy agreement may state that you, the tenant, must pay for water consumption. Regardless, it makes sense to conserve water whenever possible. 

Excessive Water Usage Affects Tenants

You may receive a notice from your water company when your usage is too high. A billing statement will usually be included with this notice. The notice will include additional charges for excessive water use. And you may be asked to pay the bill if your property manager or landlord receives it. In the Northern Territory, landlords are allowed to pass on the full cost of water consumption to tenants provided that:

  • The property is individually metered
  • The tenancy agreement states that the tenant must pay for water consumption.

Reduce Water Usage in Your Home with a Few Simple Steps

You can clearly see how reducing your water usage will result in big savings to you and your family. And, you can greatly reduce your water usage in your home by following these few simple maintenance steps:

  • Check your toilet for leaks. You can do this by putting a little food colouring in your toilet tank. If the colour begins to appear in the bowl within about 30 minutes, you have a leak that you need to repair. Contact your property manager immediately for help if you notice leaks in your rental home.
  • Inspect faucets and pipes for leaks. A drip from a worn faucet washer can waste 75 litres per day. Larger drips can waste hundreds of litres or turn into huge floods. Leaks should be inspected and repaired as quickly as possible.
  • Install water saving shower heads. Water saving shower heads use less than 9.5 litres per minute. Property managers prefer these shower heads because they use less water and are easy to install and remove or replace. You should contact your property manager if a shower head needs replacement.
  • Attach low flow faucet aerators. Aerators that are "low-flow" use less than 9.5 litres per minute. The faucets in your home should already have low flow aerators in them. You should notify your property manager if the aerators are not flowing properly and need an inspection or replacement.
  • Check your water meter for possible leaks. Your water meter should read the same when you're not using any water. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there may be a leak.

Water Conservation is a Lifestyle Change

Conserving water requires more than checking for leaks and changing a few aerators or shower heads. Water conservation is a lifestyle change. By working together with your landlord or property manager, you can develop a plan that will help you reduce your water usage and save you lots of money. It's a conservation plan that works for everyone.

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