SHORT SHOWERS: Cutting back in the shower saves the largest amount of general household water.
SHORT SHOWERS: Cutting back in the shower saves the largest amount of general household water. Contributed

EMERGENCY RESTRICTIONS: What 90L per day will look like

EMERGENCY water restrictions could be announced as early as July 24, tightening the taps to just 90 litres per person per day.

It may be difficult to wrap your head around the challenges of such limited daily water use so The Daily News has broken down what a day of saving every drop might look like.

Shower

A two-minute shower with a council supplied or water efficient shower head will set you back 20 litres each day.

Total use: 20L

Laundry

Water consumption in the laundry depends on the efficiency of your machine. A 6kg four star machine will take about 30 litres per wash. If you limit your house to one load every three days, this reduces daily use to 10 litres.

Total use: 10L

Dishwashing

Washing up in the sink or a single use of the dishwasher will set you back 15 litres per wash.

Total use: 15L

Bathroom

Every time you use the half flush it will use about three litres of water. Sticking to 'if it's yellow let it mellow' and limiting flushes to twice per day will save significant amounts. Washing teeth and hands can take up to five litres per day.

Total use: 11L

Consumption

The very basics of using water for food prep and cooking take five litres of water per day, while the average person drinks about two litres of water.

Total use: 7L

Cleaning

By using mostly waterless cleaning products a household can help to limit their daily consumption.

Total use: 10L

This comes to 73 litres, leaving a grand total of 17 litres to play with before hitting emergency restrictions, allowing either another minute of shower time or a couple more toilet flushes.


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