Quick tips: Saving every last drop of water this December

With Brisbane’s main water source, Wivenhoe Dam at 45 per cent capacity, Queensland needs to decrease its water usage now more than ever.

Currently, average water usage per person per day is 170 litres. This must be reduced to 140 litres per person to prevent water restrictions potentially being implemented in December.

Thoughtful water usage is crucial to improving our water situation. Here are a few useful tips to help you use water more wisely:


  • Take shorter showers and turn off the tap while brushing your teeth.
  • Use the toilet’s half flush function as much as possible.


  • Do not pre-rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher – scraping the plates into the bin is fine.
  • Only put the dishwasher on when it is full to ensure large quantities of water are not being wasted on only a few dishes.


  • Only wash full loads and select the machine’s most efficient setting.


  • Instead of tap water, use rainwater for watering your plants and filling up the pool.
  • If you have a sprinkler system, use a timer.
  • Think about choosing plants that are well suited to dry conditions.
  • Use brooms or blowers for cleaning outdoor areas instead of the hose.

By making small changes, you can make a big difference.

For more useful water-saving tips, visit the Seqwater website. For more energy saving tips visit our Energy and Water resources section where you can find fact sheets on reducing your energy costs, on-demand webinars and more.