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Use Water Wisely

Washing hands

With incidences of flooding becoming more frequent it may seem hard to believe that water is a scarce resource.  Surprisingly in England we have less water per person than hotter countries such as France and Italy.  South East England has even less water per person, due to a dense population and lower rainfall. 

 

We are all using 50% more water than 25 years ago thanks to the increased use of household appliances (Source: Southern Water).  As the population increases and rainfall becomes less predictable the demand for water increases.  The water we drink comes from rivers and ground water, so every drop used has a direct effect on the environment. 

 

Ensuring drinking water is clean enough to drink, transporting it to our homes and heating it all uses electricity, so the less you use the more you are reducing your carbon footprint! 

 

The average person in the UK uses on average 160 litres of water each day in the South East of England (Source: Southern Water).  Follow the tips below to see how you can reduce your water consumption…

           

  • Always make it a full load when you use your washing machine or dishwasher.  Miss just one wash a week and you’ll save over 5,000 litres of water a year.  Click here to view home appliances ranked in order of water and energy efficiency. 
  • Flushing the toilet accounts for about a third of all the water we use in our homes.  Install a Save-a-flush bag in your toilet cistern and you could save 1 litre of water each time you flush.  These can be purchased from Dry Planet.    
  • Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth.
  • When making a cup of tea only boil as much water as you need, this saves water as well as energy.   
  • Wash vegetables in a bowl, not under a running tap.  Running a tap for 1 minute uses 10 litres of water. 
  • Take a shower instead of a bath, but remember, a power shower can use twice as much water as a bath.
  • Collect rainwater in water butts and buckets to use in the garden

Useful Links:

Waterwise
Environment Agency