Water Efficiency

Frequently asked questions about Water Efficiency

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What can I do to reduce water waste?

It’s all too easy to run a kitchen tap while peeling vegetables, or turn on the shower for a few minutes before getting in, and not think about the water we’re wasting.

Around one third of the water each person uses on a daily basis is wasted, so there is huge potential to make savings – on water and in your wallet. Add to that the cost of heating water, which makes up about 25 per cent of the average gas bill, and there are also energy savings to be made too.

We want to support households to reduce their water waste, not restrict their water use.

It’s important to fix faulty plumbing as soon as possible. Thames Water found that on average, fixing a leaking toilet could save 212 litres of water per household per day.

WaterSafe backs the use of plumbing products which use technology to automatically reduce water and energy consumption, often without you even noticing a difference. These include tap and shower aerators, which add air into the water to maintain the flow while using less water.

Along with taps, these products need to be kept clean to support good hygiene. Regularly clean household taps according to the manufacturers’ instructions. After cleaning the tap, run the water for a few moments to remove any disinfectant.

Some water-saving products may be available for free from your local water company. It is worth contacting them to find out what they might be able to provide to make your home or business more water and energy efficient.

Where can I learn more about ways to increase my water efficiency?

Water Saving Week
WaterSafe is an official partner of Water Saving Week with Waterwise – the leading authority on water efficiency. The national campaign highlights simple changes everyone can make to save water.

This year’s Water Saving Week campaign (11–15 May 2020) focuses on the vital link between climate change and water efficiency.

This year’s daily themes are:

  • Monday: Save water to reduce your carbon footprint
  • Tuesday: Save water and help your community to thrive
  • Wednesday: Save water to save wildlife
  • Thursday: Save water to save cash
  • Friday: Save water to keep the UK beautiful

While it’s important everyone uses the water they need for washing at this time, particularly hands and clothes, there are water-saving measures that everyone can safely do at home to make a difference.

WaterSafe is sponsoring Monday’s ‘Save water to reduce your carbon footprint’ theme and sharing the following top tips to save both water and energy:

  • Shorten your shower – it should ideally be around four minutes long.
  • Wash your dishes in a bowl instead of under a running tap to reduce water wastage by 50%.
  • Research water and energy-efficient appliances – compare bathroom products such as shower-heads and taps by using the Unified Water Label.
  • Swop your garden hose for a watering can – hosepipes typically use about 1,000 litres an hour, that’s more than 12 baths.

Visit the Waterwise website for more water saving tips and resources.

You can also learn more about how to increase your energy efficiency, including water efficiency, on the Energy Saving Trust website. 

How can I identify products to help reduce my water waste?

The Water Label, launched by the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, helps plumbers and householders identify water efficient products. It is a simple guide, which works like the energy ratings for appliances, and gives flow rates and volumes of water for taps, showers, baths and toilets. Look out for the Water Label on products or visit the Water Label website.


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