Ways to Drought-Proof Your Home

Water is a precious resource, especially in Australia. There are several ways you can save water around the home without making any great changes to the way you live.

  • Collect rainwater – rainwater is free and easy to collect. All you need is good quality guttering that feeds into a plastic or steel rainwater tank on the side of your house.
  • Collect grey water – this is the waste water from showers, kitchen and laundry. Get a plumber to divert this water away from your sewer to a treatment device, so it can be reused for flushing toilets and watering your garden.
  • Add body to your soil – adding water saving granules or organic material will improve your garden’s water-holding capabilities and reduce water loss through evaporation.
  • Mulch your garden – this will protect against erosion and evaporation and regulate your soil temperature, keeping it cooler in summer and warmer in winter.
  • Plant low-water lawns – plant drought-tolerant grasses such as buffalo or couch, or go completely waterless with synthetic turf.
  • Use low-water plants – there are many plants that require less water, particularly Australian natives, and most plants can be ‘trained’ to use less water, by reducing your watering gradually over time.

Source: http://www.homeimprovementpages.com.au/article/drought_proof_your_home