Only 1% of the world’s water is suitable and available to us to drink, making it a very limited resource globally.
But because water’s so easy to access for us here in the UK, it can be easy to slip into bad habits, and end up using far more than we need.
Even if there’s plenty about – falling from the sky on a daily basis here in dear old blighty – every litre that comes out of your taps costs money and uses energy to get it there. You might not pay for it and you might not see it, but there’s a cost to society and a cost to the environment too. That’s why it’s really important to take care not to waste a drop.
Did you know that leaving the tap on while you brush your teeth wastes 6 litres of water every minute? While a dripping tap sends around 5,500 litres down the drain every year.
To help combat water waste, we’ve listed a few more simple ideas to help you do your bit:
- Don’t just fill the kettle right up when all you need is a cup’s worth. This one saves pennies on your electricity, saves time waiting for the kettle to boil and saves water – triple win!
- Keep some drinking water in a jug in the fridge – this means you won’t waste water running the tap each time you need a drink, waiting for it to turn cold.
- Don’t put your washing machine or dishwasher on until they’re full.
- Turn the tap off when you brush your teeth!
- Fix your leaks – it might be a case of making sure the taps are turned all the way off, or they may need repairing.
By starting with these simple steps, you’ll make a massive difference in no time, without feeling like you’re using less.