Saving water

In the UK, despite having less available water per person than most other European countries, we use more water per year.

A running tap can use 6 litres of water a minute, a shower can use anywhere between 9 - 45 litres per minute, and a hosepipe uses as much as 1000 litres per hour (source: Waterwise 2009).

Using less water helps to not only save water, but it also saves the energy used to clean, pump and heat it. 

To make your share of water fairer and cheaper, try to:

  • Collect rainwater in a water butt or buckets to use in the garden and to wash the car. 
  • Collect the water from the sink you might waste whilst waiting for hot or cold - you can use it to water plants
  • Turn off the tap whilst you’re brushing your teeth
  • Stick to doing only full loads in your washing machine or dishwasher
  • For cold drinks fill a bottle and put it in the fridge rather than run a tap
  • Fit a dual flush converter to your cisterns and/ or ensure they have a Freddie frog, hippo or other water saving device fitted
  • Take a shorter shower. Apply for a free shower aerator from Anglian water (mains showers only)
  • Get a water meter fitted and ensure you are on the best tariff for your family circumstances

For more water saving tips, gadgets available as well as things you can do to make a difference both inside and outside your home please follow the links in the website tab at the top of the page.