Australia is one of the driest continents on Earth, yet we Aussies tend to be carefree about how we use our precious water.

25-50 per cent of the average home’s water is used outdoors.

From mulching your garden to choosing native, dry-tolerant plants, there are lots of ways you can improve the water efficiency of your patch.

How to get waterwise in your own backyard

Together with Smart Approved WaterMark, we’re sharing some great tips and advice on how to be wiser with your water outdoors.

Garden design

Create a beautiful waterwise garden that will thrive in Melbourne conditions.

Rainwater tanks

These can provide you with free water all year round. Plus your garden (and your wallet) will love it too.

Mulch and compost

Mulch can reduce evaporation from soil by up to 70 per cent, helping you conserve water.

When to water

Discover the best times to water your veggie patch, ornamental trees and pot plants.

How much to water

Did you know that many plants are over-watered? And some, like lavender, are watered to death.

Going grey

Greywater recycled from your laundry, bath, shower and basin can save thousands of litres of drinking water every year.

Watering systems

From irrigation to sprinklers, find out which system is best for your needs.

Swimming pools

From reducing evaporation to capturing rainfall, there are lots of ways to reduce water wastage in your pool and spa.

Rainwater and greywater

Using rainwater and greywater from your basins, showers and washing machines can help you reduce your reliance on drinking water.

Target 150

Let’s make every drop count and reach our usage target of 150 litres of water per person per day.

Rinse and repeat

Expanding our recycled water network is one of the many ways we’re planning for the future.