Becoming more water efficient in our homes.
Without action, there is a 25% chance in the next 30 years that large numbers of our households will have their water supply cut off for an extended period of time due to severe drought.
Ideally we need to see water use in The U.K. fall. New homes are already built in a way that reduces demands for water, energy and material resources, but more needs to be done in the existing housing stock.
Why should we be more water efficient in our homes?
Water is very vital for our daily lives – for drinking, washing, generating energy and growing the food we eat.
This precious resource is coming under growing pressure as we build more and more homes for more and more people, and as we start to feel the effects of climate change and a greater risk of droughts.
If we don’t take serious action to reduce water use now, our daily lives, communities, nature and the wider economy will all greatly suffer.
We should all have a water meter fitted as they can help us become aware of usage and help to lower water and energy bills.
Protecting the environment is also a very important factor for us and especially our children’s future.
It’s the right thing to do for people, nature and the economy. We all need to leave more water in the environment to protect rivers, streams and wildlife. The South East and East of England are already water-stressed and other areas are likely to follow.
The average UK water use is about 140 litres per person right now. The National Infrastructure Commission is recommending 118 litres for everyone – new homes and old – and water companies are setting ambitious targets in their long-term plans – some as low as 100.
A few simple choices can make a big difference to the water footprint
of a your house.
Showers – water efficient showerheads can save more than a third of water, and the energy to heat
it, while still providing a great shower experience.
Taps – inexpensive aerators add air into the water – using less and the flow feels the same.
Gardens – think about drought-resistant plants etc
Toilets – dual flush toilets should have a maximum flush of six litres to comply with the Water Fittings Regulations. Make sure they are installed properly to avoid leaks – one of the biggest causes of water loss in homes. Flushes as low as 4 and 2.6 litres are available.
Appliances – choose energy and water efficient washing machines and dishwashers.
Water butts – installing a water butt on a down pipe is a great way to easily recycle rainwater.
Greywater or rainwater harvesting – both these can generate water to flush the loo, wash the car or water the garden.