Every day in the UK each person uses approximately 150 litres of water, but have you ever wondered how the water you use on a daily basis reaches your home? From turning on the tap to washing your hands to taking a shower and filling the kettle, the water most of us take for granted is put through strict tests and treatment processes to ensure it is safe to use. So to ensure that we are saving this precious recourse, try and follow the following tips.
Saving Water at Home
Turn off that tap
A running tap can waste over 6 litres per minute, and if each adult in England and Wales turned off the tap when brushing their teeth, we could save an impressive 180 litres a day, which is enough to supply almost 500,000 homes!
Fix a dripping tap
There’s nothing more annoying than a dripping tap, especially as it can waste approximately 1460 litres of water per year! Follow our step-by-step guide and video on how to fix a dripping tap.
Have a short shower
A bath can use approximately 80 litres of water, but a short shower can use as little as a third of that amount. But just be aware that power showers can use more than a bath, especially if you’re one to spend ages showering! Try and take a short shower, and maybe even use a timer to help you cut down minutes.
Put rubbish in the bin not down the loo
Do not flush cotton balls, face wipes, wet wipes or anything else that belongs in bin down the toilet. This wastes water and causes blockages, so avoid at all costs!
Fill up the dishwasher & washing machine
You can save water by filling up the dishwasher and washing machine rather than switching them on when there’s only half a load. It’s a good idea to use an eco-friendly cycle that uses less water and energy.
Instead of running the kitchen tap for ages for cold water, fill a jug with tap water and leave it to cool in the fridge.
Wash fruit & veg in a bowl
Avoid washing fruit and veg under a running tap, and instead wash them in a bowl to help reduce water waste. The leftover water can be used on plants.