It’s easy to take our tap water for granted but the pressures of climate change and population growth are putting a huge strain on our natural resources.

The good news is we can all play our part in making sure what we have goes even further by using water wisely every day of the year – whatever the weather.

When it comes to saving water, small changes can make a big difference when we all play our part.

But don’t worry if you’re a bit wet behind the ears when it comes to saving water – we’ve got some great tips to help inspire you.

The Consumer Council for Water’s top water saving tips:

IN THE HOME

  • Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth. A tap left running wastes about six litres of water every minute.
  • Fix any leaky taps. A dripping tap will waste enough water in a year to fill a child’s paddling pool every week of the summer.
  • Take shorter showers. Reducing your shower from 10 minutes to about 4 minutes will save more than 300 litres of water every week.
  • Take shallower baths. Running your bath an inch less deep than usual will save, on average, five litres of water.
  • Only boil the amount of water you need. Two-thirds of us admit to wasting water and energy by over-filling our kettle. Only use what you need.
  • Always fill up the dishwasher and washing machine. Half-load cycles use much more than half the water and energy of a full load.

IN THE GARDEN

  • Water at the right time. Watering your plants in the cool of early morning or evening will reduce evaporation.
  • Invest in a water butt. The average house roof in the UK collects enough water in a year to fill about 450 butts.
  • Reach for the watering can. Watering cans use far less water than a hosepipe and are great for targeting the roots.
  • Get stuck into those weeds. Rooting out weeds from your flowerbeds will help to ensure your plants make the most of the moisture in the soil.
  • Plant some drought-resistant flowers. Thyme, evening primrose and rock rose are just some of the plants that can still thrive will little water. You’ll find a wide choice on the Royal Horticultural Society website

 

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