Saving Water

June 23, 2023

Using less water day-to-day will not only save you money and divert less water from our rivers, bays, and estuaries, which helps keep the environment healthy, but can also reduce water and wastewater treatment costs and the amount of energy used to treat, pump, and heat water.

Here are some top tips to consider for saving water:

  1. 1. Use a shower timer to reduce shower time. If everyone used a shower timer we would save enough water to supply 1 million homes every day.
  2. 2. Remember to turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or between rinsing dishes – a running tap wastes approximately 6 litres of water per minute. A plug or washing up bowl limits the amount of water used rather than continuously running the tap.
  3. 3. Have a washing up bowl on the floor of the shower to capture waste water.
  4. 4. Reuse shower and washing up water on your houseplants or garden.
  5. 5. Make sure the dishwasher is only run when it has a full load.
  6. 6. Fill the kettle with only what is needed, this saves electricity too!
  7. 7. Use a water butt/watering can instead of a hosepipe when watering your garden.

The Chiltern’s Water Crisis image above has been kindly shared with permission of the River Chess Smarter Catchment and the Chiltern Society. For a high resolution version of this very useful graphic, please click here.

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