Please indicate whether you have already undertaken the following water saving activities, if you plan to implement them, are willing to investigate them, or if they are not applicable.

Where indicated, rebates may be available through the Victorian Government's Living Victoria Water Rebate Program. For more information, assistance using this checklist or to find out if your business is eligible for a rebate, please contact City West Water on (03) 9313 8578.

General maintenance and building operations

General maintenance and building operations

Read all water meters on a regular basis

Shut off water to unused areas

Regularly check building for leaks and water waste

Plumber to assess water pressure and install pressure reducing valves, if required

Conduct site walk through to identify water using areas

To the extent possible, quantify water use by each area

Eliminate unnecessary washdowns

Ensure fire hoses are not in use for purposes other than firefighting or testing

Investigate recycling and reusing water

Investigate rainwater harvesting opportunities

Toilets (basic amenities)

Toilets and basic amenities

Install low flow showers and taps or flow controls (rebate available)

Install spring loaded taps or taps with sensors

Retrofit old toilets to 4:3 litre dual flush models (rebate available)

Educate users to conserve water



Sweep when you don't have a mop or hose down

Be sure that hoses have trigger nozzles

Use high pressure cleaning units in place of hoses (rebate available)

Reduce/remove chemicals from the cleaning process

Educate staff about best cleaning practices

Use steam cleaners in place of chemicals (rebate available)


Kitchen and cafeterias

Kitchen and cafeteria

Defrost vegetables in a freezer

Wash fruit and vegetables in a filled basin rather than under running water

Have waiters serve water from jugs or bottles

Turn off any continuous flow used for washing utensils, drip trays for wok cooling when not required

Install water efficient nozzles on hoses (rebate available)

Replace old wok with waterless wok stove



Hand scrape dishes and utensils before loading the dishwasher

Operate equipment only when necessary

Wash full loads only

Use final rinse water for next load's initial wash

Replace inefficient dishwashers with more efficient models (rebate available)

Ice machine

Ice machine

Ice flake machines use less water than ice cube machines

Use air cooled machines where possible


Garden and turf watering

Garden and turf watering

Water only as needed, in line with current restrictions

Install timers, soil irrigation equipment

Make sure irrigation equipment is operating correctly

Use heat resistant, drought tolerant plants

Use mulch around groundcovers, trees and shrubs

Mow regularly and avoid scalping grass (cut high)

Investigate greywater and rainwater supply options (rebate available)


Vehicle washing

Vehicle washing

Wash only in accordance with current water restrictions

Install equipment that recycles water

Minimise water use by adjusting equipment

Inspect and replace worn jets and parts

Reduce "show foams" to reduce need for rinse water

Use chemically compatible washing solutions/waxes to recycle together



Purchase water efficient appliances when replacing equipment (rebate available)

Use cold water and water saving technology where feasible

Wash full loads only

Evaluate wash cycles and detergent/chemical formulations for maximum efficiency

Consider reuse of final rinse water for pre-wash or other uses

Other water using equipment and operations

Examine ways to modify existing processes and use alternative processes when replacing units

Use automatic valves that shut off water when equipment is off

Consider water and energy efficiency when purchasing equipment

Document review

Document review
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Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.