• Gemma Lees

Hot Hot Hot! - Water needs saving!


Well we finally look like we are going to have a fantastic summer! As it is in talks that we maybe having hose pipe bans because of water shortages. I thought I should put an update in the blog to help people use their water more smartly here is a list below of how to save water. It all helps!

The average person in the UK uses 150 litres each day. Here's how to reduce that...

  1. Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth – this can save 6 litres of water per minute.

  2. Place a cistern displacement device in your toilet cistern to reduce the volume of water used in each flush. You can get one of these from your water provider.

  3. Take a shorter shower. Showers can use anything between 6 and 45 litres per minute. Consider getting an aerated shower head, which combines water and air, or inserting a regulator in your shower, which puts an upper limit on flow rates.

  4. Always use full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher – this cuts out unnecessary washes in between.

  5. Fix a dripping tap. A dripping tap can waste 15 litres of water a day, or 5,500 litres of water a year.

  6. Install a water butt to your drainpipe and use it to water your plants, clean your car and wash your windows. A water butt can collect around 5,000 litres a year.

  7. Water your garden with a watering can rather than a hosepipe. A hosepipe can use as much as 1,000 litres of water an hour. Mulching your plants (with bark chippings, heavy compost or straw) and watering in the early morning and late afternoon will reduce evaporation and also save water.

  8. Fill a jug with tap water and place this in your fridge. This will mean you do not have to leave the cold tap running for the water to run cold before you fill your glass.

  9. Install a water meter. When you're paying your utility provider for exactly how much water you use, laid out in an itemised bill, there's an incentive to waste less of the stuff

So I hope this helps and its great to keep simple things like this in your mind to do your bit :)


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