> Keep track of your water usage
By undertaking some simple monitoring of your water habits you will get a snapshot of your daily water usage around your home.
If you receive your account and your daily usage is higher than you expected, we suggest you check if there may be a leak.
You can check for leaks by following these simple steps:
Step 1 Turn off all water inside and outside (including evaporative coolers and washing machines)
Step 2 Write down the black and red numbers on your water meter
Step 3 Do not turn any water back on for two hours (including flushing the toilet)
Step 4 After two hours write down the black and red numbers on your water meter
If the numbers have changed from when you read the meter the first time to when you read the meter the second time there may be a leak. If the meter has not moved, there is no leak.
You can also conduct a water audit. By reading your water meter regularly you can keep track of your water use and identify which activities use the most water.
For more information on how to check for leaks and conduct a water audit see our Understanding your water use fact sheet (PDF 304KB).