Saving water in the kitchen

Only around 6 per cent of total household water use happens in the kitchen, but you can still save water there.

Water efficient dish washers

  • water_ratingA water efficient dishwasher can save water compared to washing by hand. 4-star models use around 1 litre of water or less per place setting washed, and 5-star models use around 800ml per setting.
  • If you are buying a new dishwasher, choose one with the highest Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) star rating that fits your budget and your required size range.  Also, consider choosing a model that has a half-wash or economy option.
  • You can use the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) Scheme website External Link to help you find a model to suit you.
  • The energy rating of dishwashers is also important.  All new dishwashers must have an Energy Rating labels attached, and you should choose one with a 4-star rating or better provided that it also has 4 WELS stars and fits you budget and size range.   

Water saving tips for the kitchen

  • A running kitchen tap can use around nine litres of water a minute. Instead of running water to wash vegetables or rinse dishes, put a plug in the sink or use a bowl.
  • Use your dishwasher only when you have a full load and use the economy cycle. Each time you use the dishwasher, you could be using between 18 and 40 litres of water—depending on the age of your dishwasher.
  • Use the ‘rinse and hold' setting, if your dishwasher has one, instead of rinsing dishes under the tap before placing them in the dishwasher.
  • It is a good idea to show everyone in your house how to use the dishwasher efficiently.