Water saving tips
There are plenty of ways to save water – even if you are out of the pool
- Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth – this can save up to 6 litres of water per minute.
- Take a shorter shower. Running water for a shower can use anything between 6 and 45 litres per minute.
- Always use full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher – this cuts out unnecessary washes in between.
- Fix a dripping tap. A dripping tap can waste 15 litres of water a day, or 5,500 litres of water a year.
- Water your garden with a watering can rather than a hosepipe. A hosepipe uses 1,000 litres of water an hour. Mulching your plants (with bark chippings, heavy compost or straw) and watering before 6am and after 6pm will reduce evaporation and therefore save water.
- Fill a jug with tap water and place this in your fridge. This will mean you do not have to leave the cold tap running before you fill your glass.
- Invest in water-efficient goods when you need to replace household products. You can now buy water-efficient showerheads, taps, toilets, washing machines, dishwashers and many other water-saving products.
- If you are slowly converting to a water-friendly garden, when you are planting, try to group plants according to their water needs. As a first prize, opt for indigenous and hardy plants in your garden, which automatically need less water.