Of all the water in the world, only 1% is available for human use, and only a third of this is suitable for drinking water. The rest is salt water, frozen in the Arctic or is deep within the earth beyond our reach. As our population grows this water source is becoming even more limited, therefore it is vital that we are water-wise and do not waste it!
Tips For Being Water Wise In Your Home
- Take a shower rather than a bath – a shower uses less than 40 litres, whereas a bath can use up to 80 litres.
- Lower your shower head – this can save 15 gallons of water during a 10 minute shower.
- Turn off the tap whilst brushing your teeth – a running tap uses 6 litres of water per minute; a household of 4 could save over 17,000 litres of water per year.
- Stop dripping taps – they can waste up to 60 litres of water per week.
- Check for leaky toilets – they can waste up to 400 litres of water per day – costing up to £300 per year.
- Fill your washing machines & dishwasher – 1 full load uses less water than 2 half-loads.
- Keep a jug of water in your fridge – this saves water waste while waiting for the water to get cold.
- Fill the kettle with only the water you need – this saves water and energy.
- Use a washing up bowl – this water can be used for washing veg & pots and can reduce water wastage from the tap by 50%.
- Avoid sprinklers & hosepipes– they can use up to 1000 litres per hour – try watering cans or use them in the early morning or late afternoon when evaporation rates are lowest.
- Swap pressure washers for hand washing your car – it not only saves water but it’s gentler on the paintwork.
- Install a water butt – up to 85,000 litres of rain falls on roofs in the UK each year; using a water butt to catch this rain so it can be used within the garden and for washing your car.
A final tip is to get a water metre installed. Fixed water bills are based on the rateable value of your property, not on the amount of water used, therefore how much you pay doesn’t relate to how much water you use. On average, households with water metres pay 10% less as they are aware of their water usage.
Being water wise can save money on water bills (which have increased by 5% in the past 2 years) and can help the environment.
Visit your local water supplier to calculate your water usage, the events they’re holding and the initiatives they have put in place to save water.
A full list of all UK water suppliers can be found here.