Litres donated donated in 2020.
6,800,000 donated in 2019

About the program

Research shows more than three quarters of Australians use their dishwashers at least two to three times a week, with the majority rinsing their dishes beforehand1. This can waste up to 40 litres of water per load2, or approximately 20 billion litres of water each year2.

This is occurring while parts of Australia continue to experience the impact of one of the worst droughts seen in the past century3. Many rural households rely on rainwater or bore water that is often tainted by its high mineral content. Despite positive weather events and rainfall, these local supplies are still recovering and are still below the levels they need to be to sustain the communities3.

In 2019, we delivered 6.8 million litres of water to rural communities. In 2020, we are proud to be continuing with the #FinishWaterWaste initiative with a new goal of raising 10 million litres of water. 

To help #FinishWaterWaste and support those families impacted by the drought, Finish encourages Australians to turn off the tap and stop pre-rinsing their dishes. For every promise to #FinishWaterWaste that is shared via social media from 5 July 2020 to 1 August 2021, and for in-store purchases of Quantum Ultimate Pro in Coles throughout 2 September 2020 to 27 October 2020, Finish will deliver 40 litres of much-needed water to drought-affected Australians, via not-for-profit organisation, Rural Aid. Through these initiatives, Finish, in partnership with Rural Aid, will donate up to 10,000,000 litres of water to communities in need. 

You can also continue to support the #FinishWaterWaste water delivery program by donating directly to Rural Aid here.

How to get involved

If every dishwasher user in Australia stopped pre-rinsing, we could collectively save 20 billion litres of water2. Getting involved is easy!

Simply share a post on social media showing us what you and your family are doing to save water with the hashtag #FinishWaterWaste and Finish will donate 40 litres of water to Australians in need via Rural Aid.

Finish will also donate 40 litres to drought-affected Aussies via Rural Aid when you purchase select packs of Finish Quantum Ultimate Pro in store at Coles, during September and October 2020.

Through these initiatives, Finish, in partnership with Rural Aid, will donate up to 10,000,000 litres of water to communities in need over the coming year.

See Terms and Conditions for more details.

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As earth’s driest inhabited continent, with one of the most variable rainfalls in the world, Australia needs to be mindful of its water supply. However, Australia is the world’s third largest consumer of fresh water, using an average 100,000 liters per person per year.

At every level, from federal government through to individual households, more effective water management is crucial if Australia is to avoid increased water stress on its cities, towns, and many isolated rural communities.

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Northen Territory
Darwin is Australia’s wettest capital with 1,729mm of rainfall a year—three times that of Adelaide (530mm).
Brisbane’s dams can store 2,220,150 ML of water for dry periods—around one million liters per resident when full.
Southern Australia
Coober Pedy is known for being Australia’s driest town with just 21.6 days of rainfall a year and a mean average rainfall of under 160mm.
New South Wales
In 2019, Sydney’s desalination plant could stave off severe restrictions by producing 15% of the city’s drinking water.
Southern Australia
Adelaide relies heavily on groundwater, desalination, and water transfer from the diminishing Murray River.
Melbourne’s goal is to reduce average water use to 155 liters per person per day—they have achieved 161 liters.
17 new water treatment plants have ended Tasmania’s boil water alerts making its tap water safe to drink.
Western Australia
In the last 50 years, annual water flow into Perth’s dams fell from 300 billion liters to just 25 billion liters.
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Where Water Goes

Australians use an average 340 liters of water every day, with domestic use in homes and gardens accounting for around 14% of Australia’s water footprint. A lot of this water is wasted unnecessarily which is why it is crucial that we all know where our water goes.

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Ways to save water

Knowing where we waste water can inspire us to take positive action. There are many things that each and every one of us can do to reduce our water consumption and the actions we take as individuals can make a big difference. Collectively we need to reduce our water consumption to reduce the threat of severe water stress.

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An efficient dual flush toilet uses just 4.5 liters full flush or 3 liters half flush, saving around 35,000 liters per household a year

A modern water efficient shower head uses just 9 liters per minute, saving 20,000 liters per person per year

Switching from top loader to front loader saves up to 70% water, saving around 36,000 liters per household per year

A dishwasher uses just 12 liters per full load, saving over 100 liters per day against handwashing in a sink

Taps fitted with flow-controlled aerators use 8 liters or less water per minute, saving as much as 300,000 liters per household a year

Installing a drip irrigator uses just 4 liters per hour, saving as much as 996 liters per hour

About Finish

#FinishWaterWaste is part of a global commitment from Finish to bring worldwide attention to the issue of water scarcity and inspire smarter water use.

Finish has been at the forefront of automatic dishwashing for over 60 years. Backed by decades of innovation and expertise, Finish Quantum Ultimate Pro dishwashing tablets help you in your goal to conserve water by guaranteeing Finish’s best clean and shine, without the need to pre-rinse.4

Water delivery partner
Rural Aid

Founded in 2015, Rural Aid is one of Australia’s leading rural charities supporting farmers and rural communities in times of natural disaster such as flood, fire and drought. In addition, Rural Aid focuses on supporting the sustainability of regional and farming communities. In the last 12 months alone, Rural Aid has provided $30.5 million in assistance to thousands of farmers across those states suffering the effects of drought5.

Its disaster relief program includes the nationally recognised ‘Buy a Bale’ campaign. Other programs include providing volunteer support to rural towns, mental health counselling and musical instruments to regional schools.

Finish is Rural Aid’s Official Water Delivery Partner.

Content Partner
National Geographic

For more than 130 years, National Geographic has showcased leading explorers, scientists, environmentalists, film makers and renowned photographers. Its researchers and explorers work to preserve, protect and advance our understanding of the planet and its people.

Adam Ferguson, an acclaimed National Geographic photographer, visited the drought-ridden NSW town of Murrurundi in June 2019 as part of a global content partnership with Finish to help Australians to better understand the effects of the drought and what they can do to save water. View more here.

1 February 2019, Poseidon Omnibus Study n=1000. Commissioned by RB.
2 Based on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Nielsen Homescan and global Finish research on dishwasher usage.

3 Recommended by renowned dishwasher manufacturers.
4 96% of 501 consumers agree with this statement (Home Tester Club, Buchanan 2018, Commissioned by Finish).
5 Rural Aid Ltd 2018 / 2019 Financial Year Snapshot.