How to SAVE water

Saving water is becoming ever more important. Our population is forever growing ever decreasing how much water is available to each home in the UK. Although the UK is an island, there is less water available per person in the UK than in France, Italy or Greece. Water used in homes comes from rivers, lakes and wetlands. Lower natural water levels can threaten the wildlife that depends on these places for their survival.

Treating, transporting and heating domestic water also uses a lot of energy, which adds to your water and fuel bills, and contributes to climate change.Take a look at the facts below, you can see how our usage can significantly be reduced by some fairly simple measures!
  • The average person in England and Wales uses 150 litres of water a day - imagine 264 pints of milk and that’s 150 litres of water. By 2020, with increasing population and housing growth the demand for water could increase by 5% - that’s 800 million extra litres of water a day.

  • Most of the water is used for washing and toilet flushing, but it also includes drinking, cooking, car washing and watering the garden. We use almost 50% more water than 25 years ago, partly because of the use of power showers and household appliances.

  • Using hot water in our homes contributes around 35 million tonnes of greenhouse gases a year (both water treatment processes and re-heating water in our homes contributes to these emissions).  The average family uses 500 litres of water a day, that’s equal to 1.5 tonnes of greenhouse gases a year.

  • Future Water, the Government’s water strategy for England, outlines a vision for the average person to reduce the water they use by 20 litres per day (to 130 litres a day).



It’s not hard to see that water usage is a large scale problem. The main reason water saving is hard is because it means a total lifestyle change for water users. The use of water saving products will vastly help with little change on the way water is actually used around the home, low flow taps and shower heads for example. See below for some methods most commonly used to reduce water wastage:

  • Install a water meter; installing a water meter gives you a similar outlook on water as you do with gas and electric. You wouldn’t leave your gas hob ring on for longer than needed would you? It is a good method to make you sub consciously change the way you use your water due to the economic effect it will have on your life. Most water companies install them for free.

  • Toilet flushing; this accounts for a third of water usage in the home, this equates to flushing more water per day than you drink in a month! Fitting a cistern displacement system (such as the ‘Hippo’ device) and changing to a dual flush system will help reduce the amount of water you use to flush.

  • Showering; not always the best method surprisingly. Some power showers can use more water than a bath in 5 minutes of usage. The best method with showers is to get a shower timer product (many available) to help reduce your showering time or by fitting a low flow fitting to your shower head which reduces water supply, directly saving water.

  • Make use of greywater and rainwater; greywater is the name given to water used in showers, baths and basins for washing etc. This water can be collected and re-used to flush toilets, water plants, wash your car etc. The same applies to rainwater which can be used for a multitude of things around the home. In rural locations it can even be set up to use as drinking water through a series of filtering processes.

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