Home Water Saving Advice in Dry Weather – Summer 2018

With the warm and dry weather forecast to continue across the country for a while yet and demand for water continuing to remain higher than usual, we’d like to take a moment of your time to ask you to consider how you might reduce your water consumption.

The average personal consumption in the UK is around 140 litres per day. We may be using more than we need of this precious resource, so here are some useful tips that may help you reduce your daily water consumption. Even using just 10 litres a day less can make a difference!

In the kitchen

•    Only boil the amount of water you're going to use right away in your kettle. 
•    When using the washing machine try to make sure you have a full load, not just washing a few items. 
•    Only run the dishwasher with full loads, and let the crockery "air dry" rather than using a drying programme. 
•    Keep a jug of water in the fridge for when you need a cool drink instead of running the tap to get cold water and wasting it down the sink. 

In the bathroom

•    Mark a fill line on the inside of the wash basin to help young children see how much water they need for washing their hands. 
•    Take a shower rather than bath – the average bath uses 80 litres of water, but the average (non-power) shower uses around 30 litres of water.
•    Apply the two-song rule in the shower and turn the shower off when the two songs are up. 
•    Take "submarine" showers if you can – this is where you turn the shower off when soaping up/shampooing and then turn it on again when you’re ready to rinse. 
•    Put a water displacement bag in older cisterns to reduce the amount of water per flush, or just pop a brick into the cistern.
•    Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
•    After a bath, collect as much of the water as you can and use it to water garden plants (as long as it doesn’t contain any oils, foams or salts).

Outside and in the garden

•    Use a bucket and sponge to wash your car rather than a hosepipe. 
•    Use a water butt to collect any rain water and use this to water your plants, or clean your car.
•    Don’t worry about watering your lawn using a hosepipe or sprinkler – grass can survive long periods of dry weather and most grass is resilient enough to revive when the dry spell ends. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and for thinking about how you may help save water.