Water conservation & quality

WaterWater is one of the world’s most precious resources. Only 3% of the world’s water supply is freshwater – of this, only 1% is accessible for human consumption. Global water consumption has risen ten-fold since 1900, and many parts of the world are now reaching the limits of their supply.

In Australia, the world’s driest continent, an average person consumes 340 litres of potable water each day within their homes. Residential water use accounts for 64% of all water supplied by Sydney Water.

Why care about water quality?

We swim and play in water. We drink water. Pollutants from urban developments that get into our waterways and pipes can affect our health and the surrounding environment.

Waverley Council water targets

Waverley Council takes water conservation and quality seriously, which is reflected in ambitious environmental targets set for our organisation and community:

  • Minimise stormwater pollutants discharged into waterways by 2030
  • No increase in Council and community mains water consumption to 2030

At home

A range of handy water-saving actions and tips to conserve water in your kitchen, laundry, bathroom and garden.

At work

Learn about getting free water assessments for your business plus tips and other programs available for reducing water costs at work.

At school

Find out about how you could get a free water audit for your school and other great water saving educational resources available.

Water savings program for apartments

Register your apartment building for a free water efficiency assessment, and reap potential savings on water bills via a new collaboration between Sydney Water and Waverley, Randwick and Woollahra Councils.

Urban stormwater management

Find out how we can all reduce pollution in our stormwater and keep our waterways and beaches clean.

Report a water pollution incident

Call Waverley Council on 9083 8000. After business hours, you can call the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Pollution Line on 13 1555.

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