Make your water count this summer
Summer and rising temperatures mean you’ll be tempted to use more water to keep cool and keep your garden happy.
But this increased demand has a huge impact on the amount of water needed to be put into supply and this also affects groundwater levels, so we need to be summer water savers.
There are a lot of good reasons to save water:
- Saving money
- Saving energy
- Reducing wasted water
- Protecting the environment
- Safeguarding water supplies for the future
Whatever your reason for saving water, we can all do our bit and we do need your help.
Here are our top tips on how you can be a summer water saver:
Save water in the bathroom
- Shower instead of bath – a full bath uses around 80 litres of water, while a four-minute shower uses about 35 litres in a gravity-fed shower.
- Turn off when brushing – you can save around four litres of water each time you brush your teeth.
- Use the plug in your wash basin – you can save around two litres of water each time you wash your hands or face.
- When you flush - the average toilet is flushed five times each day per person in the household and each flush in an old style toilet uses about nine litres. Install a dual flush toilet or fit a ‘Hippo’ or a ‘Save-a-flush’ bag, which can save 1.2 litres each time, equalling a saving of six litres per person each day.
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Save water in the kitchen
- Choose eco appliances - washing machines and dishwashers are some of the largest users of water in the home, so if you’re buying new machines choose water efficient models. You’ll save money on your energy bills too.
- Use a bowl – instead of rinsing fresh vegetables under the tap, you can save around five litres of water each time by using a bowl. You can re-use the water in the garden too.
- Don’t let it run - running the tap until the water is cold enough to drink wastes a lot of water. Fill a jug of water and put it in the fridge for when you want a cool drink. Also, when using your kettle, only fill it with the water you need.
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Save water in the garden
- Use a watering can – hosepipes waste water and if you direct the watering can straight to the roots of your plants it’s much more effective. Make sure you don’t water your plants in direct sunlight as the water will evaporate.
- Use a water butt - collecting rainwater in a water butt to use for garden watering, saves a lot of water.
- Use a bucket to wash your car - using a hosepipe or a pressure washer to wash your car uses a lot of water and wastes it too, as much of this falls on the ground.
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Remember that if you wish to use a garden sprinkler or leave a hose unattended, then you must have a water meter fitted.
More water saving tips
Find out other ways you can save water.