After one of the driest two-year periods on record, around 20 million people across Southern and Eastern England are now facing one of the strictest hosepipe bans ever introduced. Around 20 million people face a £1,000 fine if they defy the ban, which includes watering the garden, cleaning the car, and filling a swimming/paddling pool with a hosepipe.
With the current drought situation, it’s more important than ever to be aware of the amount of water we use, and waste, on a daily basis. The average person in England and Wales uses 150 litres of water a day. Most of this water is used for washing and toilet flushing, but it also includes cooking, drinking, car washing and watering the garden. By 2020 the demand for water in the UK could increase by 800 million extra litres of water a day.
Choosing to have a five minute shower each day instead of a bath can save up to 400 litres of water a week. Shorten your shower by a minute or two to save even more water. If you have a shower radio, try to limit your shower by listening to just one or two songs. Turn your shower off when lathering your hair, and only run the water to rinse off shampoo and shower gel.
Our digital showers feature an ‘ECO’ flow rate mode on the processor which will save approximately 25% of water compared to the ‘NORMAL’ mode. Please note that when making any adjustments to the processor settings the power must be isolated. The ‘ECO’ flow rate mode should not be selected for shower systems fitted to combination boilers.
We have collated a list of some other water-saving tips to help you get through the hosepipe ban:
1.) When rinsing fruit and vegetables, collect the water and re-use it to water houseplants.
2.) Only use your washing machine and dishwasher with a full load.
3.) Buy a water butt and collect the rainwater from your roof to water your garden.
4.) A leaky tap can waste as much as 90 litres a week – fix it today!
5.) Turn off the water when brushing your teeth and save 9 litres a minute.
6.) If you have a cold, instead of flushing each tissue away, throw it in the rubbish.
7.) If you accidentally drop ice cubes when making a drink, don’t throw them in the sink, drop them in a houseplant.
8.) For cold drinks, keep a jug of water in the fridge instead of running the tap for ages each time.
9.) Every time you boil an egg, save the cooled water for your houseplants.
10.) Only fill your kettle with enough water for your needs. This will also cut down your electricity bill.
These are just a few water-saving tips that shouldn’t be too costly to implement… do you have any other ideas?