Creating a waterwise workplace

Every business should review their water usage and implement strategies to be waterwise. Read the following suggestions and consider how you can implement changes in your business.

Increase water usage awareness with your employees

  • Talk to your employees about your water savings initiatives. Include water savings policies and procedures in staff inductions.
  • Encourage employees to contribute to water saving ideas.
  • Discuss water efficiency at team meetings and provide regular reports on water use figures.
  • Appoint a 'water champion' to check meters and monitor water use.
  • Establish a baseline for water use and set achievable targets for saving water.
  • Reduce paper use where possible—it takes more than 2 litres of water to produce 1 sheet of A4 paper.
  • Place the Using water wisely in your workplace poster (PDF, 581KB) on the walls of high traffic shared spaces (e.g. the kitchen). This will remind everyone to think about their water use.


  • Install water-efficient taps—water efficiency labelling and standards (WELS) rated 3 stars or more—with an aerator or flow restrictor to use less water.
  • Install lever or mixer taps, these save water by quickly reaching a desired temperature.
  • Fix leaking taps and replace washers—a slowly dripping tap can fill more than a bucket of water in a week, and a fast-dripping tap can waste more than 10 buckets of water in a week.


  • Install water-efficient dishwashers (WELS rated 3 stars or more).
  • Encourage staff to only wash with full loads—1 less load will save nearly 2 buckets of water.


  • Replace single-flush toilets with WELS rated 4 star dual-flush toilets.
  • Regularly check for leaks and fix immediately.
  • Install water-efficient urinals with smart controls to reduce unnecessary flushing.


  • Encourage staff and customers to limit post-workout and after-travel showers to 4 minutes or less. One minute less saves 1 bucket of water.
  • Install water-efficient shower heads (WELS rated 3 stars or more).
  • Fix leaking showers.

Air conditioning

  • If you use evaporative air conditioners, set your thermostat to 24°C.
  • Where possible, use fans and natural ventilation.
  • Switch off heating and cooling after hours.


  • Install rainwater tanks.
  • Use drought-tolerant plants.
  • Use mulch to keep moisture in the soil.
  • Water plants early in the morning.

Water efficiency management plans

A water efficiency management plan (WEMP) can help businesses understand their water use and find and implement measures to become more waterwise. Read more about WEMPs.

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