WAYS TO SAVE UP ON WA­TER COSTS

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Syd­ney­wa­ter.com.au

SYDNEY Wa­ter’s wa­ter ef­fi­ciency ex­pert Nel­son Wal­lis says warmer tem­per­a­tures this sum­mer will mean us­ing more wa­ter and money main­tain­ing gar­dens and lawns.

“About 25 per cent of wa­ter us­age by Sydney house­holds is out­doors and keep­ing gar­dens in pris­tine con­di­tion in hot and dry weather,’’ Wal­lis says.

Th­ese are Wal­lis’ tips to save wa­ter and money.

Wa­ter plants be­fore 9am. This al­lows the plants to use wa­ter through­out the day.

Use wa­ter­ing cans or trig­ger noz­zles on hoses.

Set up a wa­ter­ing sys­tem or soaker hose on a timer, to ap­ply wa­ter at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals.

Wa­ter the roots of plants, not leaves.

Place saucers un­derneath ten­der pot­ted plants.

Group plants with sim­i­lar needs to­gether so they all get the right amount of wa­ter and feed.

Plant lo­cal na­tive va­ri­eties that at­tract wildlife and need less wa­ter­ing. Sydney Wa­ter has a free tool to help se­lect such plants.

Re­move weeds. They use valu­able wa­ter.

Put down mulch. It can save up to 70 per cent of wa­ter us­age.

Wash your car on the lawn. Car sham­poos use phos­phates sim­i­lar to many fer­tilis­ers.

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