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Save water outside your home

Save water outside your home

When you think about saving water, it's easy to think just about your garden. But there are other opportunities. Consider your paved areas, cars, pool or spa. In this section you'll learn how to use and save water all around your home.

Another way to make a valuable contribution to reducing water use is through rainwater collection. It can also help reduce your costs, and improve South Australia's sustainability. For advice on the collection of rainwater for drinking purposes, check out SA Health's handy facts.

Top 10 tips for your garden

  1. Install a drip or soak system. These systems direct the water to where it's most needed, making your watering more efficient.
  2. Use mulch to prevent water loss through evaporation and to prevent soil erosion. Mulch can also help to smother your weeds. If you live in a high bushfire risk area, check with the Country Fire Service (CFS) about the best way to use mulch.
  3. Plant native plants for your area. Check with your local nursery, Trees for Life , the Australian Plants Society or State Flora to choose the best species for your garden. We also provide a guide for planting local.
  4. Plant your garden in watering zones, known as hydrozoning. Grouping plants that require similar amounts of water will help you control your water use.
  5. Choose a drought resistant lawn, and train it to use less water. It will encourage the roots to grow deeper. You can also set your mower blades higher during summer to let your lawn grow longer. Keeping grass longer shades the soil surface and reduces evaporation loss.
  6. Don't water during windy weather. The water will just blow away from where it's most needed.
  7. Waterproof terracotta pots before you use them. Terracotta pots are porous and allow moisture to escape rapidly.
  8. Keep outdoor pools and spas covered. Not only will the cover help keep them clean, the covers will reduce evaporation.
  9. Park your car on the lawn before you wash it to stop water running off into the stormwater drain. Alternatively, check out your nearest car washes and find one that recycles its water.
  10. Clean paved areas with a broom or rake. Hosing them down is usually unnecessary and just wastes water.

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  • Major faults

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  • Various suburbs
  • 24/02/2017
  • Water Quality
  • Some Adelaide Hills customers may notice changes in the taste and/or smell of their tap water, as we work hard to reduce the impact of an algal bloom in the Summit Reservoir.
    The algal bloom is causing a naturally occurring compound called geosmin, which can affect water taste and odour, but is harmless to health. The water remains safe to drink.
    We expect customers in the following areas may notice this change: Mount Barker, Balhannah, Oakbank, Verdun, Hahndorf, Heathfield, Stirling, Crafers, Lenswood, Lobethal, Woodside, Brukunga, Mount Torrens, Birdwood, Gumeracha, Kersbrook, Cudlee Creek, Wistow, Nairne, Littlehampton, Strathalbyn, Clayton, Milang, Langhorne Creek and Bridgewater.
    We have made changes to our treatment processes at the Summit Water Treatment Plant to reduce the level of geosmin in the water.   
    Our testing shows no algae has been detected in the network and it has been completely removed as part of our normal treatment process.
    If our customers have any questions or concerns, please contact us on 1300 SA WATER.
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  • Scheduled works

  • Underway
  • Filsell Tce
  • Gawler South
  • 25/02/2017
  • Supply Interruption
  • Estimated start time (water off): 28/02/2017 09:00 AM
    Estimated restore time (water back on): 28/02/2017 03:00 PM

    We’re committed to improving your services and are undertaking maintenance work in Gawler South. Water supply in the surrounding area may be impacted during the above times. Traffic restrictions may also apply.


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