This Water Saving Week, we are putting our water supply under the microscope and exploring the effect of our water usage on the planet. By saving water, we can save money, carbon and nature!
In the UK, the average person uses 143 litres of water per day in England and Wales, 150 litres in Scotland and 145 litres in Northern Ireland. This is risky business, considering that London is drier than Istanbul and Sydney. What's more, our population is growing, but the amount of water we have is not. By 2050, if we keep using water as we are today, we will need an extra 250 million litres of water a day. It’s time we did something to make our water usage more efficient!
Last week we showed you how to save money and water with your taps, but there are other wily water wasters we need to take care of… To help with this, most UK water providers offer freebies that they will post to your home.
Save a flush
23% of our water usage comes from toilet flushing. You can reduce the amount of water you use each time you flush by inserting a toilet cistern bag. These take up more space so that the water does not fill to the top, meaning each flush uses less water. If your supplier doesn’t offer this is a freebie, and you're keen to start cutting down that 23%, you can buy Hippo Water savers on Amazon.
Check if a leak is lurking in your loo… you could be wasting 400 litres of water per day.
How to spot a leaky loo
Alternatively, you can use a LeakyLoo strip which is available for free in some suppliers’ water-saving packs (see below).
Toothbrush and shower timers
Some suppliers will send free shower timers, which you can stick to your shower wall and make sure you keep your shower time down to 4 minutes. Of course, if you’re looking for something more interesting and entertaining, you could always make a playlist of 4-minute songs. Check out this ready-made one from Water Wise. Stick on some drip drop tunes or rub-a-dub-dubstep your way to water efficiency.
You should also keep your toothbrushing time down to 2 minutes, but make sure you turn off the tap as you brush to save as much water as possible! Some water-saving packs come with a toothbrush timer as well as a shower timer.
Find your supplier in the list below to order your water-saving freebies. Some even offer free home visits* to fix leaks and see where you can be more water smart.