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20 August, 2021

Simple tips to save water in your kitchen

WATER is a precious natural resource, and whilst we have an abundance of it falling from the skies each year, we are facing in Cairns the potential of insufficient supply within five years.

By David Gardiner

Water is a precious natural resource, and whilst we have an abundance of it falling from the skies each year, we are facing in Cairns the potential of insufficient supply within five years.

Yes, we need additional water supply infrastructure to carry us further into the future, but here at Cairns Local News we also believe passionately in the principles of conservation of this finite resource. 

We know the waterwise message is a powerful one, and a message that many locals do not see the need for, but the only way to bring about change in our consumption patterns is to constantly remind us all, as to what reductions are possible by taking small steps.

Welcome to this week’s Waterwise, water conservation tip. We look at ways to save water in our kitchen.

There are many ways to save water in the household, and the kitchen is another key area where adjustment of habits can make a significant difference.

Reducing household water usage not only contributes to saving water for the whole community but saves you money too.

Water use in the kitchen contributes to up to 13 per cent of total household water consumption for cooking, cleaning, washing or drinking.


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There are many ways to save water in the kitchen:

  • Using the dishwasher - running a full load in a water efficient dishwasher uses less water than washing dishes by hand. Avoid pre-rinsing dishes for the dishwasher – a good scrape is usually enough
  • Avoid peeling vegetables under running water; instead, rinse and peel vegetables in a bowl and then use the water (and peelings) on your garden
  • Store drinking-water in the fridge - running the tap until it is cool wastes up to 15 litres a minute
  • Check taps for leaks. A slow dripping tap can use up to 20,000 litres per year, which you’re paying for but not using!

It might mean a simple washer replacement but if a plumber is needed, contact a registered and licensed plumber. Visit www.mpaq.com.au for a list of registered plumbers.

Find out more about Cairns' Water Issues - visit the Cairns Regional Council Website for more information:  


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