Water Efficiency

Frequently asked questions about Water Efficiency

You can also find tips and advice in our short films on  WaterSafe’s YouTube channel.

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 annual campaign highlights simple changes everyone can make to save water.

This year’s  Water Saving Week campaign (17–21 May 2021) focuses on reducing water use by businesses and organisations.

The campaign is encouraging everyone to have conversations about saving water and how this can also save energy and money on metered bills – playing an important role in helping the UK reduce its carbon footprint.

Around a third of all the water supplied in the UK is used outside homes, in businesses, hotels, gyms etc and non-domestic water use is responsible for 28 million kg of CO2 emissions every month.

That’s why WaterSafe, which is promoted by all the UK water companies, is supporting Waterwise’s call to ‘Talk to your approved plumber about saving water’ on Wednesday 19 May during Water Saving Week.

Plumbers approved on the national WaterSafe register are a great port of call to help businesses looking to save water and energy as they are all trained in the water regulations, which not only protect the quality of drinking water, but help avoid water waste.

Award-winning WaterSafe approved plumber  Steve Bartin recommends getting started with the following top tips:

  • Fix leaky or dripping taps – one leaky tap alone can waste up to 5,500 litres of water a year – which all adds to your business’s water bills if you’re on a meter.
  • Do a leaky loo testaround 1 in 10 of toilets at work are wasting water.
  • Ask for a water audit with your local water company or retailer to help break down your water usage.
  • Consider water-saving fixtures and fittings such as taps and showers with flow restrictors or aerators, which use less water.
  • Know where your building’s stop tap is to turn your water off in an emergency, such as a burst pipe.
  • Research water- and energy-efficient bathroom products by checking the Unified Water Label.

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

Listen to conversations with WaterSafe plumber Steve Bartin and director of WaterSafe Julie Spinks as they share their advice on how businesses and organisations can save water, energy and reduce their carbon footprint.


Other  Water Saving Week conversations include:

  • Talk to your community about saving water: Monday 17 May
  • Talk to your water company about saving water: Tuesday 18 May
  • Talk to your colleagues about saving water: Thursday 20 May
  • Talk to your customers about saving water: Friday 21 May

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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