How to conserve water
Water conservation means using water wisely and not contributing to unnecessary wastage. Using less water keeps more in our ecosystems and helps to keep wetland habitats topped up for animals like otters, water voles, herons and fish. This is especially important in areas like south-east England where there is a big demand on water supplies.
Top reasons to conserve water:
- Water is essential to all life. Filling it with fertilisers, oil and other pollutants has a huge impact on our ecosystems
- It can save you money - the less water you use, the less you are charged by your water company
- Conserving water saves energy. Energy is needed to filter, heat and pump water to your home so reducing your use also reduces your carbon footprint
Waiting for the tap to run cold can waste 10 litres of tap water a day!
Save water in the kitchen:
- Put a large bottle of tap water in the fridge – waiting for the tap to run cold can waste 10 litres of tap water a day!
- Only fill the kettle with the amount of water needed
- Put lids on saucepans to reduce the amount of water lost
- Always use you dishwasher and washing machine with full loads and on an eco setting wherever possible
- Use a washing up bowl in your sink to reduce the volume of water you use to fill the area
Save water in the bathroom:
- Turn the tap off whilst brushing your teeth. A running tap can waste more than six litres a minute
- Purchase a water efficient toilet (one with a dual flush), or go by the old saying ‘if it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down!’
- Get a cistern displacement device to save up to 5,000 litres of water every year. They are free from most water companies
- Shower instead of bathe. An average bath uses around 80 litres of water but a shower typically uses between six and 45 litres
Save water in the garden:
- Sprinklers can use as much as 1,000 litres of water an hour! In truth it’s okay for the lawn to go brown, it will recover immediately next time it rains
- Use a water butt to catch large amounts of rainwater and use this to water your plants, clean your car and wash your windows