With smaller households and more water-using appliances, we use more water than ever before. It's important that we do not take it for granted and that we all learn to use water wisely to ensure there is enough for everyone in years to come.Water-saving habits started now will become a way of life for the future.
Fix leaking tapsA dripping tap can waste more than 60 litres of water per week.
Don't leave the tap running to clean dishes or vegetablesUse a bowl of water instead.
Keep a jug of water in the fridgePlanning ahead means there is no need to run the water until it gets cold.
Fully load your washing machineA full load uses less water than two half-loads.
Water your garden early in the morning or during the eveningScorching summers mean that much of the water you put on your garden will evaporate straight away. Help your flowers get more of the water by watering early in the morning or during the evening.
Have a refreshing shower instead of a bathThis can save over 150 litres of water per week. But be careful - a power shower can use more water than a bath!
Turn off the tap when brushing your teethA running tap can use six litres of water per minute.
Fill the kettle with only as much water as you needThis will save water and energy.
Use a bucket when you wash your carThis uses up to 125 litres less water than a hosepipe does.
Order a water buttCollect rainwater to use on your plants and lawn, or to wash your car, so you don't have to use treated tap water.