If you live in Sydney, Illawarra and the Blue Mountains, Sydney Water is offering a free Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Water Saving Kit to your household.

The kit contains

  • Aerators, which are small devices that fit into your bathroom and kitchen taps.
  • Flow regulators, which are small devices that fit into your showerhead.
  • It is easy to fix and it can save you up to $60 a year on your water and energy bills.

    You can start saving by completing the online registration to receive your Free DIY Water Saving Kit.

    More information can be found at Sydney Water’s website:


    The kit arrived within 2 weeks of ordering it online and above is a picture of the contents in the kit.
    There is also a step by step installation instruction on how to install both the shower flow regulators and the Sink and Basin aerator.

    The DIY Water Saving Kit Instructions are available as a pdf for download.

    Installation is really easy and all that is required is a spanner (for the shower head) and a cleaning cloth).
    I managed to get both the flow regulator and aerator installed within minutes.

    One thing I have to mention is that for the aerator, I was only able to fit it to the tap in the kitchen, but not the one in the bathroom. This was because the aerator had a little protrusion that had to be inserted into the faucet and the tap in the bathroom did not have room for that. Is anyone else having the same problem? I’m not sure if it is just my tap in the toilet that has a different design or are all bathroom taps like this. Let me know whether you’re having a similar problem with this.

    Once the flow regulators and aerators were install, there was a noticeable reduction in water bill!
    The best part too is that I can’t really tell the difference in the water flow rate in the shower or basins.

    Also, the kit is recommended for standard showers, hand basins and kitchen taps. It is not suitable for houses with gravity fed or older instantaneous hot water systems. And if you’re in doubt, you should contact your hot water supplier.