By Christabel - posted on February 25, 2022


Water is a precious resource that we need to live and the planet needs to function, which we often take for granted.  Climate change means that water supply is becoming more unpredictable.  

Supplying clean water to our homes and managing sewerage uses huge amounts of energy.  Our water use accounts for 6% of all carbon emissions in the UK. Did you know that we use 143 litres of water per person per day, which is more than twice the amount we used 25 years ago!

Showers are the biggest source of water going down the drain, followed by flushing the toilet.  You can save water by adapting the old adage: “If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down”.  As well as saving carbon, using less water also saves us money and the energy used to heat it.

Reduce your impact

  • Take shorter showers 
  • Use a save-a-flush bag in your loo or upgrade to dual flush toilet 
  • Use your washing machine and dishwasher when you have a full load and select lower temperatures or eco settings
  • Collect rainwater in a water butt to water your garden 
  • Use a sink bowl instead of leaving the tap running and collect water whilst waiting for it to get up to temperature
  • Get leaks fixed fast 

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