Litres raised in 2020.
6,800,000 raised 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.

Promise to stop pre-rinsing your dishes, save up to 40 L2 of water*. When you make your promise via the button below, we will deliver 40 L of water to Australian farmers in need^.

Many of us are wasting water needlessly whilst 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 remain below the levels they need to be to sustain the communities3.

To help conserve this precious resource and support those impacted by the drought, we launched the #FinishWaterWaste initiative in 2019 by asking Australians to make a pledge to #FinishWaterWaste and stop pre-rinsing their dishes on social media; delivering 40 litres of water to rural Australians for each pledge made.

Thanks to your support and enthusiasm, we were able to deliver 6.8 million litres of water to rural Australians that desperately needed it, alongside our partner, Rural Aid.

In 2020, we are proud to be continuing the #FinishWaterWaste initiative with a new goal of delivering an additional 10 million litres of water, with the support of an additional partner, Coles. 

Make the promise

How to get involved

If every dishwasher user in Australia stopped pre-rinsing, we could collectively save up to  20 billion litres of water per year2

There are two very easy ways you can get involved!

  1. Simply share a post on social media showing us what you are doing to save water with the hashtag #FinishWaterWaste (05/07/2020 – 01/08/2021 up to 2M L) and Finish will deliver 40 litres of water to Australians in need via Rural Aid.^ Doing away with pre-rinsing your dishes is a great place to start!
  2. Finish will also donate 40 litres of water to drought-affected Aussies via Rural Aid when you purchase Finish Quantum Ultimate Pro in store at Coles between 2 September and 27 October 2020 (up to 8M L).^^

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.

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Did you know Aussie households can use an average of 340 litres of water per day?4 By contrast, Aussies in towns with the most severe water restrictions are sometimes instructed to limit their water use to less than 50 litres per day.5

To help Aussies to better understand what it means to live on a limited water supply, we’ve introduced another way you get involved – the #FinishWaterWaste 40 Litre Challenge! 

Want to give it a go? Simply choose one day to live on just 40 litres of water – the amount that can be saved by not pre-rinsing1 – and share your experience on social media using the hashtag, #FinishWaterWaste. 

Like our promise, every challenge hashtag shared via social media during the initiative will trigger a 40 litre donation of water to rural Australians. ^

The above insights are based on information available via the Australian Government’s

Got dirty laundry? Washing clothes will send you overboard the #FinishWaterWaste 40L Challenge so best to wait until you have a full load! Also, opt for a front-loading washing machine where possible as these use 79 litres of water on a full load, while a top-loading washing machines use 95 litres! 6

Did you know by not pre rinsing your dishes before you put them in the dishwasher, you can save up to FORTY litres per load?! Finish Quantum Ultimate dishwashing tablets help Australians conserve water by guaranteeing the ultimate clean & shine, without the need to pre rinse! A time saver AND a win for the environment!
Finish will donate 40 litres of water to Australians in need via ruralaid with every #finishwaterwaste Promise made on social media. To learn more about the important initiative, please check out the link in my bio 💫
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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.

This content was created by and appears on as part of the ‘Where Our Water Goes’ Brand Partnership with Finish.

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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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.

This content was created by and appears on as part of the ‘Where Our Water Goes’ Brand Partnership with Finish.

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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.7

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 drought8.

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 Based on global Finish research on dishwasher usage.
2 Based on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Nielsen Homescan and global Finish research on dishwasher usage.
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7 96% of 501 consumers agree with this statement (Home Tester Club, Buchanan 2018, Commissioned by Finish).
8 Rural Aid Ltd 2018 / 2019 Financial Year Snapshot.
^ From 05/07/20 – 01/08/21 inclusive, up to 2,000,000 litres.
^^ From 02/09/20 – 27/10/20 inclusive, up to 8,000,000 litres.
* While Finish is encouraging Australians to make a conscious reduction in the amount of water, they use each day, this should not be at the expense of recommended hygiene practices, including washing hands often with soap and water, as outlined by the Australian Department of Health. Sourced from