The Water Saving Week has now reached its sixth consecutive year, aiming to inspire the country to save water and get people to act on it. Waterwise, an independent non-profit organizes the Water Saving Week every year. This organisation is the UK’s leading authority on water efficiency.
Each day of the water-saving week has a specific topic related to water consumption. This year’s themes are as follows:
Some of the major supporters of Waterwise’s efforts include Methven, a manufacturer of bathroom brassware, CCW, or the Consumer Council for Water, WaterSafe, and the RHS or Royal Horticultural Society.
Compared to the majority of European countries, the amount of water available per person in the UK is less. Areas like South-East England have less water per person than many African nations as well. Northern Ireland, Northern England, and Scotland have also gone through periods of water scarcity over the last few years.
According to Nicci Russel, who is the Managing Director for Waterwise, it is crucial to promote water efficiency. Unless water wastage decreases, the majority of the UK’s population will increasingly be at risk for water shortage. The focus of this year’s Water Saving Week is the connection between water efficiency and climate change.
Changes in population growth, the climate, and the human lifestyle have all put more pressure on the country’s water supplies. Thus, it is even more important to be careful with water consumption. Also, putting efforts to save water will help bring down your bills and result in significant savings.
Saving water could translate into saving money for you. Even simple everyday devices like water-saving showers and taps help you to save water as well as electricity, given that they bring down the usage of heated water. For instance, using an efficient showerhead can help you reduce energy bills by £120 annually. A leaky toilet wastes more than 400 litres of clean water daily, which is equal to the consumption of a two-person household.
Apart from that, simple changes to your lifestyle can also help in saving water. For example, decreasing your shower time by just a minute, and using a water-efficient showerhead can lessen water consumption. Over 34% of the water consumed at home is from taking showers. Electricity-powered showers use more water than a bath.
Practising rainwater harvesting by using a water butt can also help save litres of water. What you store can be utilised to water garden plants. Also, turning off the tap while brushing teeth can accumulate over six litres each minute.
Leaking toilets are among the leading causes of high water consumption in the UK. Water can dribble off the pan as well, which makes the leaky loo go unnoticed. Adding a few drops of food colour in the loo’s cistern can help in the detection of a leak.
Dishwashers on eco settings can help save water as compared to washing all dishes manually. However, most people do not bother turning on eco mode. Ensure that you buy a dishwasher with a capacity suited to your household. It helps to have the dishwasher loaded fully every time you need to run it, saving water and electricity on the process. A plug or washing bowl in the sink to catch any excess water can decrease the overall wastage by over 50%.
Other areas where you can save water include using water-efficient cycles while doing laundry, making the most of each load when washing. Buying a washing machine that uses less amount of water per kilogram is also a wise shopping choice.
Simple practises like those above will not only save you money on water and heating expenses but also do your bit in protecting the environment.