How to Save Water

We're being told that many areas in the South and East of England are suffering from a severe lack of water that could get worse this summer if we don't have enough rain.

Here are a few ideas to help you save water:

  • Only boil the amount of water you need for the number of hot beverages you are making.  This will also save energy, keeping your bills down and the kettle will boil sooner, so you won't have to wait so long for your cuppa.

  • When cleaning your teeth only run the tap to rinse your teeth and toothbrush, perhaps with a tooth mug of water. Leaving the tap running the whole time wastes a lot of water, as much as 12 litres a day per person.

  • If you like drinking cold water, keep a jug of water in the fridge rather than run the tap until the water is cool enough.

  • Making sure you have a full load of washing could save you 8 litres of water. Two half loads of washing use twice as much water as one full load.

  • If you don't have a dual flush loo visit your water provider's website to see if you can obtain a water saving device such as the 'hippo' for free or at a reduced cost. 

  • Makes sure taps are turned off properly, but don't over tighten.  Repair any dripping taps, perhaps simply by replacing the washer. This can save you 9 litres of water a day.

  • Avoid using a pressure hose. An ordinary hose can use as much water as a family four does in a week, if it is left running for an hour. Use a bucket and brush or cloth to clean your car and other things.