Saving water is equally as in important – the average person in England uses 150 litres of water a day which is the same as 264 pints of milk! The majority of water is used for washing and flushing the toilet. Saving water also saves energy – so think next time before you turn on the tap!
See below for tips on saving water from the Environment Agency:
- Wash vegetables and fruit in a bowl rather than under a running tap, then use the leftover water for watering house plants
- When you boil water in saucepans and kettles, use the minimum amount of water, that way, you’ll save energy as well as water.
- Try keeping a bottle or jug of water in the fridge instead of running taps until the water runs cold.
- Wait until you have a full load before switching on the dishwasher or washing machine.
Did you know ‘half load’ programmes use more than half the water and energy of a full load?
- Don’t leave the tap running while you brush your teeth, shave or wash your hands. This can waste up to 6 litres of water per minute.
- Showers use about 9 litres of water per minute. A 5 minute shower uses about a third of the water of a bath. But remember that power showers can use more water than a bath in less than 5 minutes.
- Old toilet cisterns can use as much as 9 litres of clean water every flush. Reduce this by placing a ‘save-a-flush’ or ‘hippo’ in the cistern. These are often available free of charge from your local water company.
- Using you toilet as a bin for hand tissues/cotton wool wastes flushes – think before you flush!
- Dripping taps can waste up to 15 litres of water a day. Replace worn tap washers for a quick and cheap way of saving water.