In recent years, water bills have increased considerably in Victoria. As the price of mains water goes up, there is an incentive for people to install more efficient water technology in their home.

Water-saving shower head

The Alternative Technology Association, Australia’s leading not-for-profit organisation promoting sustainable living, with funding from the Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre, has conducted a review of the economics of common water-saving technology: efficient shower heads, toilets, dishwashers, washing machines, rainwater tanks, greywater systems and recirculators.

For each water saving technology, the report examines whether there is a business case to both residential and commercial users, along with an analysis of the key determinants of that business case. Technologies are compared by accessing the same end-use through mains supply, across the various Victorian water pricing regions.

The findings show that, as well as the environmental benefits of a smaller ecological footprint, water-saving technology does save people money. This is believed to be the first comprehensive review of the economics of domestic water-saving technology in Victoria.

To read the report, click here.

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