How To

Bottle being filled from the tap

10 simple ways to save water this summer

Conserving or re-using tap water is an easy way to do your bit for the environment by reducing water wastage. Here’s a few suggestions so you can start saving water today.

1 - Short showers

Get wet. Turn off the water and lather up. Then turn the tap back on and rinse off. Shave over a half-full sink instead of letting the shower or tap run while you shave.

2 - Keep a bucket in your shower

Catch the cold water that runs while you’re waiting for the shower to warm up. Use it to flush the toilet, water plants, wash the car or fill the dog’s bowl.

3 - Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth

Leaving the tap running while brushing your teeth wastes 8 - 12 litres of water per minute.

4 - Only run the washing machine or dishwasher when it’s full.

Waiting until you have a full load makes the most of the water as well as the energy and detergent used by the machine.

5 - Keep cold water in the fridge

Keep a jug of drinking water in the fridge rather than running tap water until it cools down.

6 - Use a washing up bowl in the kitchen sink

Water used throughout the day for washing fruit, hands, dishes etc can be collected and used in the garden rather than just running down the plug hole.

7 - Mulch, mulch, mulch!

At least 5cm of mulch should be applied to exposed garden beds. As well as reducing evaporation, mulch will suppress weeds and keep the roots of your plants cooler.

8 - Use ice in hanging baskets

Much of the water simply runs straight through or off the soil when watering hanging baskets. Slow-melting ice will avoid this wastage. Water-saving crystals are also a great way to help plants in hanging baskets to thrive.

9 - Fix leaking toilets and dripping taps

Put a little food coloring in your toilet cistern. Leave it for 30 minutes without flushing. If the colour appears in the toilet bowl, you have a leak.

10 - Spread the word

The best water-saving device is your voice! Visitors are bound to ask why you have a bucket in your shower - a good opportunity to talk about your efforts and encourage others to be mindful of their water usage. If you inspire just one person to take action, you’ve essentially doubled your water saving!