Using water wisely
Victoria's urban, regional and rural communities have a proud history of rising to the challenge to carefully manage the state's water supplies.
With finite drinking water supplies and a more variable climate, Victorians have found many innovative ways to use water wisely.
Alternative water sources such as rainwater, stormwater and recycled water are now actively used within our homes, businesses, schools and communities to reduce reliance on tap water for non-drinking purposes. Likewise, many water efficient products, services and programs exist to help Victorians save on water and energy costs.
The Victorian Government works with partners, industry and the community to ensure we make the best use of our precious water supplies:
- Permanent water saving (use) rules are now in place encourage common sense water use even when water restrictions are not in place.
- The Water Rebate Program provided rebates for households and for small businesses. These rebates were available until 30 June 2015. You can still make a claim for a rebate until 30 September 2015 for products and appliances that have been purchased and installed prior to 30 June 2015.
- Your local water corporation has valuable information on how you can collect and use rainwater from your roof to use throughout your home and garden instead of tap water – visit their website.
- There are many ways to incorporate water and water conservation into education. For more information visit Water education in schools and the Schools Water Efficiency Program.
Water corporations also have expert staff on hand who can assist you to improve your water efficiency – visit your local water corporation's website.