For many the recent heatwave has been a welcome retreat from the worst winter the UK has endured for a long time. However, these extreme temperatures have far reaching consequences. Utilities companies are struggling to keep up with demand as billions of extra litres of water have been pumped into the system. Famers are taking it from rivers and water has recently been recycled from The Lakes to Dove Stone Reservoir on Saddleworth Moor, in an attempt to keep up with demand in the North-West.

Water is our planets most precious resource and the recent string of heatwaves has given many cause for concern. Experts are saying that freezing winters and exceedingly hot summers are going to become the norm as global warming continues, and hosepipe bans are not the answer. During warm periods water is often used as quickly as it can be put back into the system. The use of water and energy are closely linked. The operational emissions from the water industry is about 1% of the UK’s total, another huge source of emissions comes from the use of water within homes.

Water saving in the home

That being said, there are things we can do to help. Water saving doesn’t just help us, it also helps the environment. The water that we use comes from rivers, streams, springs and lakes so every drop we use directly affects the amount of water left in the environment. Even if you are not an eco-warrior, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that if we use too much of this water the whole eco system could collapse leaving us with huge food shortages.

The Environment Agency is urging people to have a personal water target in order to significantly reduce the amount of we use as -even prior to the recent heatwaves- Britain’s water companies have been struggling to keep up with demand. The average person in the UK uses 329 litres of water per day this is amongst the highest in Europe.  Below are a few water saving idea’s you can implement, easily for little cost:

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Using Water Saving Products at home

  • Fitting CCW Volumizers to your taps saves over 98% of water compared to other leading aerators. Volumizers can be easily fitted on to hot and cold taps to save water, energy and money!
  • Switch your shower head- A CCW Volumising Shower Head uses around 70% less water than a standard shower head.
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Some other water saving ideas

  • Turn the tap off when you are brushing your teeth! Keeping the tap running will waste around 12 litres of water in the time it takes you to brush your teeth.
  • Fix leaks as soon as you can- leaky toilets are one of the most common causes of high water usage. They can go unnoticed as water dribbles down the back of the pan. Find out if your toilet is leaking by simply adding a few drops of food colouring into the cistern and leaving it for an hour. If the food colouring is present in the pan after this time your toilet has a leak. Most of the time this is simple and inexpensive to fix, but we recommend calling a plumber- no one wants a flooded bathroom following a botched DIY attempt.
  • Get a Cistern Displacement Device that will displace around one litre of water every time you flush. These are available for free from most water companies and could save around 5,000 litres of water per year.
  • DO NOT flush cotton wool or wipes down the toilet- this is incredibly bad for the environment and putting them in the bin saves on unnecessary flushes.
  • Choose showers over baths as they use around a third less water- this will not only save on water but also cut your energy bill.
  • If you cannot live without a long hot bath, ensure you reuse your bath water to water your houseplants and garden. Running your bath with just 1 inch less water in can save around five litres of water.
  • When using water for drinking, collect it in a large bottle or jug and then refrigerate it. Waiting for the tap to run cold can waste more than 10 litres of water per day. Having said that, you should NOT cut back on drinking water, especially in hot weather. 
  • Only use the amount of water you need in the kettle- this will save on water and energy as it uses a great deal of electricity to boil a full kettle.
  • Use the lid on saucepans- this prevents water from evaporating, so you won’t have to put as much in and it again saves energy as food cooks faster.

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Water saving products and our gardens

In response to the extreme weather fluctuations that have been caused by climate change The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) recently recruited a ‘garden water scientist’ who will explore ways to improve water provision in gardens in an attempt to reduce the strain on the water system. Here are a few ways to reduce water waste in your garden:

  • If you are going to use a hosepipe to water your garden, fit it with a trigger nozzle as it will halve the amount of water you use.
  • Even better watering your plants with a watering can uses half the water again.
  • Place a water butt in your garden to collect rainwater year-round allowing you to water your plants with a clear conscience, plus it’s FREE!
  • Avoid sprinklers at all costs. They can use around 1000 litres of water per hour and while your lawn may currently look a little brown and frazzled it will recover very quickly following the rain.

Making huge changes to your water usage may seem daunting, but just implementing one or two small changes at a time could make a huge difference to both your water and carbon foot print.

Take a look at the Soaked Calculator to see how much water and money you could save by simply fitting water saving products to your taps and showers.  

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