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Water Use

Water Saving Tips

In the kitchen

  • Wash vegetables and fruit in a bowl rather than under a running tap, then use the leftover water for watering house plants.
  • When you boil water in saucepans and kettles, use the minimum amount of water, that way, you'll save energy as well as water.
  • Try keeping a bottle or jug of water in the fridge instead of running taps until the water runs cold.
  • Wait until you have a full load before switching on the dishwater or washing machine.  Did you know 'half-load' programmes use more than half the water and energy of a full load.
  • Choose water efficient washing machines and other appliances


In the bathroom


  • Don't leave the tap running while you brush your teeth, shave or wash your hands.  This can waste up to 6 litres of water per minute.
  • Showers use about 9 litres of water per minute.  A 5 minute shower uses about a third of the water of a bath. But remember that power showers can use more water than a bath in less than 5 minutes. Taking a quicker shower could give you an extra few minutes in bed or you could leave for work a bit earlier and miss the traffic (see waterwise shower power campaign for more details – link below).
  • Old toilet cisterns can use as much as 9 litres of clean water every flush. Reduce this by placing a 'save-a-flush' or 'hippo' in the cistern.  These are often available free of charge from your local water company.
  • Using your toilet as a bin wastes flushes - think before you flush.




  • Dripping taps can waste up to 15 litres of water a day. Replace worn tap washers for a quick and cheap way of saving water.
  • Burst water pipes can cause serious damage as well as waste water. Ensure your water pipes and external taps are lagged in time for the cold winter months.
  • Cleaning the car use a bucket and sponge not a hosepipe
  • Install a water butt




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