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Domestic Household Tips

Tips for saving water in the household.

In the Bathroom

  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving - this saves 6 litres a minute
  • Put the plug in the basin when washing
  • Put tissues, cotton wool and plastic items in the bin, not the toilet
  • Take a shorter shower - each minute saves around 10 litres of water. A bath typically uses 80 litres.
  • Hippo bags in toilet cistern
  • Check your toilet cistern for leakage. Put food dye in the cistern and see if it leaks down into the bowl.

In the Kitchen

  • Fix dripping taps - usually a replacement washer is all thats needed. A dripping tap can waste 15 litres/day.
  • Wash clothes and dishes on full loads only
  • Reduce your washing machine use by one load a week saves 5,000 litres in a year
  • Keep a jug of water in the fridge for a cool drink
  • Wash vegetables in a bowl instead of under a running tap
  • Rinse containers for recycling with the water left after washing up

In the Garden

  • Fit a water butt to catch rainwater - from your house, shed or greenhouse
  • Choose the right plants for the garden - drought tolerant species for  sunny areas
  • Water plants in the early morning or evening to minimise evaporation
  • Cut your grass less frequently
  • Lag external taps to prevent freezing and bursts
  • Container based plants require more watering. Minimise evaporation with water-retaining crystals in the soil and mulch on top. Place a container underneath to capture wasted water.
  • Compost provides valuable nutrients and encourages drainage, whilst keeping the soil moist. Wash your car using a bucket and sponge, rinsing off the suds with a watering can. Just 30 minutes with a hosepipe will use more water than the average family uses in a day
  • Watch out for leaks. Damp patches or lush vegetation in dry periods may be caused by a leaking pipe or fitting