Water-Saving Tips For Dummies®

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book
How This Book Is Organised
Chapter 1: Water: A Precious Resource
Chapter 2: Saving Water in the Home
Chapter 3: Greening Up Your Garden the Water-Wise Way
Chapter 4: Ten Water-Saving Tips
Icons Used in This Book
Chapter 1: Water: A Precious Resource
Understanding Why Water Is a Precious Commodity
Where your water comes from
Where your wastewater goes
Adopting a Drier Lifestyle
Eliminating wastage
Tanking it
How grey is your water?
Drinking the Stuff
How safe is tap water?
Bottled water is 90 per cent energy
Australia, You’re Baking In It — Adapting to a Drier Climate
Recycling urban wastewater
Removing the salt
Coping with Agricultural Water Shortages
Impact on agriculture
Impact on remote communities
Chapter 2: Saving Water in the Home
Bathroom Blitz
Kitchen Connection
Laundry Time: Doing an Eco-Wash
Using the Sun to Heat Your Water
Chapter 3: Greening Up Your Garden the Water-Wise Way
Designing Your Water-Wise Garden
Planning the landscape
Planning what to plant
Working with the lay of the land
Maintaining a Sustainable Garden
Minding your water usage
Keeping a check on your garden’s health
Improving the chemistry for a healthier soil
Growing food naturally
Composting Your Waste
Beginning an outdoor compost
Setting up a worm farm
Choosing and Planting Native Shrubs and Plants
Living With a Lawn
Chapter 4: Ten Water-Saving Tips
Turn It Off
Check the Plumbing
Switch to Water-Saving Taps and Shower Heads
Look at the Ratings
Catch It Before It Goes Down the Drain
Fixing Your Toilet Habits
Save Every Last Drop
Recycle Your Greywater
Make Better Use of the Lawn
Garden Naturally

Water-Saving Tips For Dummies


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About the Author

Michael Grosvenor is a leading urban planning professional and freelance writer on sustainability. Through his work and writing, Michael promotes the benefits of making sustainable lifestyle choices. Michael has particular expertise in transport and advises the private sector and government on policies that promote increased public transport, walking and cycling facilities. Michael is a strong advocate for the important role that public transport plays in our cities and towns. He is the author of Sustainable Living For Dummies and Energy-Saving Tips For Dummies.

Michael is the director of his own consultancy and holds Masters degrees in Urban Affairs and Applied Social Research and a Degree in Town Planning. He is also a member of the Planning Institute of Australia and provides advice to the Institute on integrated land use and transport planning issues.

Michael has lived and studied in New York City, and he currently enjoys an inner-city lifestyle in Sydney, Australia.


To my best friend and partner, Justine — thank you for your encouragement and support.

Author’s Acknowledgments

My desire to talk to the general public about sustainable living motivated me to write this book. I’m often preaching to the converted in my consulting work. The environmentalists, planners, architects, social scientists, engineers and geographers I work with find ourselves saying the same things to each other, and we’re often scribbling messages and ideas on whiteboards that no-one else gets to see.

Writing a book for an audience interested in adopting water-saving tips in the home has been very rewarding. This book covers a lot of useful information about water-wise ways — perhaps too much ground for one person to have the required expertise on every topic. I have been able to carry out the necessary research for this book thanks to the thousands of committed professionals out there who have tested, researched and published their findings about the problems facing the planet. This book could not be written without their passion.

I thoroughly enjoyed working with editors Robi van Nooten and Maryanne Phillips and thank them both for excellent editorial contributions and ideas.

Publisher’s Acknowledgments

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Some of the people who helped bring this book to market include the following:

Acquisitions, Editorial and Media Development

Project Editors: Robi van Nooten, On-Track Editorial Services; Maryanne Phillips

Acquisitions Editor: Charlotte Duff

Editorial Manager: Gabrielle Packman

Image credits:

• BlueScope Steel Limited: page 16, © BlueScope Water

• Commonwealth Copyright Administration: page 28, Department of Environment & Heritage Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) Scheme. © Commonwealth of Australia, reproduced by permission

• Solahart Industries Pty Ltd: page 31


Layout and Graphics: Wiley Composition Services, Wiley Art Studio

Cartoons: Glenn Lumsden

Proofreader: Marguerite Thomas

Indexer: Max McMaster, Master Indexing