Although we appear to have plenty of rain in the UK, our water resources are under pressure. We use 70% more water today than we did 40 years ago and our demand for water increases yearly.
Why should we be concerned? Rainwater is one of the few things that is still free, isn’t it? Surely all the water company needs to do is collect more of it, put it into pipes and let it run out of our taps?
- Our population is growing
- Our climate is changing
- Our lifestyle needs more and more water
- It requires huge amounts of energy to both treat and pump water to our houses so our thirst for water is damaging our planet in more ways than one
The good news is that there are many simple things you can do both at home and at work to reduce your consumption of water and, as well as helping to secure our water supply both for ourselves and for future generations, you also benefit in many other ways.
By cutting down your water use you can:-
- Save money
- Reduce the possibility of water shortages and summer water rationing
- Reduce emissions of greenhouse gases which many people believe are responsible for global warming
- Reduce the amount of energy and chemicals used in the treatment and pumping of water
- Reduce damage to wildlife habitats in wetlands and rivers
- Turn the tap off when you brush your teeth
- Always use the plug when washing something in the sink - never leave a tap running
- Take a shower instead of a bath and use a shower timer