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Tips From a Sydney Plumber: Practical Ways to Conserve Water

Water is one of the world’s most precious resources, especially so here in Australia, where we experience many periods of drought. As one of the leading plumbing professionals in Sydney, we at GF James Plumbing feel it’s our commitment to provide not only top notch plumbing services such as pipe relining, but also to offer ways to conserve water.


Saving water means being a conscientious user of this precious resource.

Tips from a Sydney Plumber 

Conserving water should be a top priority for every household across Australia; NSW particularly has dealt with extended periods of drought in the past and fierce water restrictions. By putting a little effort and thought into your water usage you can help ensure the world’s most precious commodity is sustained for future generations.

Be self-sufficient

Consider installing a water tank. This doesn’t only help you develop sustainability; it also helps ease the pressure on your town during the long dry season when people are clamouring for water.

Turn off tap while brushing your teeth

One of the most heart-wrenching sights for most resource-conscious people is seeing water unnecessarily going down the drain. Here’s an interesting study of how much water is wasted when left running while brushing teeth. When you leave the water running while you’re brushing, water going down the drain amounts to several litres. Remember that you only need water to rinse, so be sure to turn off tap while brushing. Or, you can catch those running water with a bucket to use for other things such as watering the garden and for cleaning stuff.

Limit the amount of time spent in the shower

One of the most relaxing moments is when taking a shower. Feeling the water run down on our skin is one of the best feelings there is during those days when we’re stressed. That’s why there’s a tendency for many among us to take too long in the shower. But the longer we stay in the shower, the more we use water unnecessarily. That’s why if you used to take shower for 15 minutes, why not make it 10 minutes next time? The next time you see your water bill, you’d be surprised at how much money you’ve saved on charges. And there’s tons of other benefits to taking short showers.

Use the cold water wisely

While waiting for the hot water to kick in when, you’re wasting huge amounts of water. Here’s a clever tip: Why not save the cold water to use for cleaning, watering the plants or even to refill water containers in the fridge?

Regularly check for leaks

Take the time to check your water metre. If it’s running when no one is using any water, chances are, you’ve got some leak. Check taps, sinks and toilets for leaks. Here’s a cool resource for checking for leaks.


Remember all those water saved while waiting for the hot water to set in? You can also use those for laundry and for cleaning stuff. You can also collect water used in the shower with buckets which can be re-used for cleaning the toilet, the bathroom and for giving the dog a bath.

You can also check out our article on using greywater safely around the home and our article on smartphone Apps to help monitor your water usage

Head over the savewater! website to find out the latest on water restrictions and water conservation advice.

Geoff James
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Geoff grew up in Berala near Lidcombe in Sydney and attended Birrong Boys High School where he finished his Year 10 school certificate. Geoff was encouraged by his uncle to consider plumbing as he had done a bit of plumbing work on weekends during his school years. DJ Childs Plumbing in Canterbury offered him a plumbing apprenticeship and he spent most of his time working on plumbing maintenance and new roofs on commercial sites. Geoff on Google+.