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 campaign highlights simple changes everyone can make to save water.

The Waterwise Water Saving Week campaign 2019 (29 April – 3 May) focuses on a specific area of water use each day and shares ideas, solutions and challenges to help save water and maintain its efficient use in our daily lives.

This year’s themes for the week are:

WaterSafe is supporting Tap Thursday, helping households save both water and money – as well as protecting the quality of their drinking water.

Our top tap tips are:

  1. Fix dripping taps, which can waste up to 5,500 litres a year – that’s enough to fill a paddling pool every week for the whole summer.
  2. Don't leave taps running when you’re brushing your teeth to save 24 litres of water per person per day – around 8,760 litres a year.
  3. Fit water-efficient taps and check they're approved by WRAS (or an equivalent scheme) to keep your drinking water healthy.
  4. Know where your stop tap is to turn your water off in an emergency.
  5. Use a bowl or plug to use less tap water when washing up or preparing food. 

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

For more information on Water Saving Week visit waterwise.org.uk

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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