Water is a precious commodity. The lifestyle that many of us lead today, coupled with climate change and population growth, means that there is an increasing demand on our water supply. Using water, especially hot water, also uses energy and increases emissions of greenhouse gases contributing to climate change. The huge increase in demand for water and changing climate is putting a pressure on water resources. It is predicted that clean water will become scarcer than ever before, so we should use it wisely at all times. There are little things we can all do to help conserve water.
Saving water in the home
The following helpful hints will help you save water around your home:
- take a shower instead of a bath – this can save over 300 litres of water a week (be careful though – a power shower can use more water than a bath)
- turn off the tap when brushing your teeth - leaving the tap running whilst brushing your teeth wastes six litres per minute
- fix leaking taps - a dripping tap can waste up to 140 litres a week
- when buying a new dishwasher, choose one that is energy efficient as this saves on water and electricity - machines with an 'A' rating are most economical
- don’t use the washing machine if you’ve only got half a load - wait for a full load before using the washing machine – a full load uses less water than two half loads
- keep a jug of water in the fridge so that you don't have to run the tap for ages to get a cold drink.
- only fill the kettle with enough water for your needs - this will reduce your fuel bills too
- lag your pipes and leave your heating on a low setting when you are out to avoid bursts in cold weather
- if you have a water meter, check for leaks by turning off the water and taking two readings several minutes apart; if the readings are different there may be a leak
Ordering a water butt for the garden
Water butts collect and store water runoff, typically from rooftops via gutters. The water can then be used to water your garden or to wash cars, rather than using mains water for such activities. You can order a water butt for a reduced price via the Thames Water website.