Simple steps to save water

During this prolonged dry spell, advice is coming thick and fast from the Environment Agency and Water Companies on how we can all do our bit to preserve water.

Advice includes:

  • Take showers not baths, and make sure they are short!
  • Don’t wash the car with a hose or pressure washer – maybe leave it a couple of weeks between washes too.
  • Turn off the tap when you wash your hands or brush your teeth – simple and easy to do.
  • Make sure the washing machine/dishwasher is full before turning it on and try to use the ECO setting. Half load settings tend to use more than half the water or energy of a full load setting, meaning you are not saving as much as you think.
  • Don’t use the hose pipe to water the garden or lawn. Instead the advice is to use the water left over from other activities such as washing vegetables, or to utilise the water from your paddling pool once the fun is done.
  • Only fill the kettle to the level you require. If you only want to make a single cuppa, don’t fill it! It costs you more in water and electricity to boil a full kettle!

Further advice on how to save water has been provided by The Eden Project and WaterWise.  Your own water supply company will have tips available on their website.