Seven water companies in the South-East of England and East Anglia are threatening to impose hosepipe bans over the next few weeks, and if we don’t try to save water then our riverbeds will dry up, and the price of fresh fruit and vegetables are likely to rise.
Davis Symons, director of the consultancy WSP Environment and Energy, warned that consumers should expect to see far more problems in the future, he stated “The reality is that, even in the UK, business and householders will have to get much more involved in saving water, above and beyond the odd hosepipe ban.”
We’ve put together a short guide on how you could easily reduce the amount of water you use in the home.
Almost ¾ of the water used in our homes is in the bathroom. Here are some simple ways in which you can reduce the amount of water you use:
• Adding a weight to the toilet cistern to reduce the amount of water flushed, or if preferred replace flush with a dual flush. A toilet accounts for 28% of water used in the home, replacing an 18 litre per flush toilet with an ultra-low volume (ULV) 6 litre flush model represents a 70% savings in water flushed and will cut indoor water use by about 30%.
• Fill up a glass full of water to rinse teeth, instead of keeping the tap running whilst brushing.
• Reduce the amount of time spent under the shower – a four minute shower can use between 70 to 144 litres of water. If you have a power shower then think about adding a restrictor to the pipe, or if you prefer baths, try and replace a few by having a shower instead
• Rinse a razor in a sink of water rather than running it under a tap
• Check your toilet for leaks
General ways in which you could save water around the home:
• Check pipes for any leaks
• Fix any dripping taps
• Only put the dishwasher and washing machine on for a full load
• Use a bucket of water to clean your car, rather than a hose you could save up to
150 litres of water per wash
• Install a water container to water the garden
• Try and cut down on using the sprinkler to water your garden, this uses over 500 litres of water over a 2 hour period
• Get the kids on board by teaching them some water saving techniques.