The bucket and sponge approach
Rather than washing your car with a running hosepipe, try using a bucket and sponge instead. (Better still: fill the bucket up with water from the water butt). Just 30 minutes with a hosepipe can use more water than the average family uses in a day. Using a bucket will give your car a much more precise wash.
Stop those drips
A dripping tap wastes at least 5,500 litres of water a year: that’s enough water wasted to fill a paddling pool every week for the whole summer. Mending your dripping tap washer could save you.
A bath typically uses around 80 litres, while a short shower can use as little as a third of that amount. But beware since many power-showers actually use more than a bath if you shower for more than five minutes’ you can minimise your water use by reusing your bath water to water your houseplants or garden.
Short, sharp, showers save water
By using a shower timer you can increase your awareness of the amount of time you spend in the shower. Try taking shorter showers to reduce the amount of water you use.
Fill a jug with tap water and leave it to cool in your fridge. This way you don’t have to run the tap for ages just to get a cold drink.
Healthy teeth healthy rivers
Remember to turn off the tap while brushing your teeth - a running tap wastes over 6 litres per minute. If the entire adult population of England and Wales remembered to do this, we could save 180 million litres a day - enough to supply nearly 500,000 homes.
Burst pipe preparedness
Check out where your main stop valve is and make sure that you can turn it on and off. If ever a pipe bursts, you’ll know how to cut off the flow.
Cover your swimming pool to reduce water evaporation.
Sprinklers can be wasteful if used incorrectly. It doesn’t take long for a sprinkler to soak your lawn thoroughly. A sprinkler can use as much water in an hour as a family of four will use in a day!
Every time you boil an egg save the cooled water for your houseplants. They will benefit from the nutrients released from the shell.
More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering. Be sure only to water plants when necessary.
Brushing your teeth while the tap is running will waste almost 9 litres of water a minute. Rinse out from a tumbler instead.
Cool water kept in the fridge means you won’t have to run the tap for ages to get a cold drink.
Once a week is all the watering your lawn needs even in the hottest weather. Over-watering can weaken your lawn by encouraging roots to seek the surface.
Replacing a toilet cistern can save water. Toilets manufactured after 1993 use less water per flush.
Purchase a water tank and practise rain water harvesting and then water the garden with same.
Support efforts and programs that create awareness for water conservation among tourists and visitors.
In the shower, turn water on to get wet, turn water off to lather up, then turn back on to rinse off.
Zealously repair leaking taps and toilet cisterns in your home to reduce water wastage.
A dripping tap could waste as much as 90 litres of water a week.
Water your garden during the coolest part of the day to reduce evaporation.
Avoid the installation of ornamental water features (such as fountains) unless the water is recycled.
Teach your family how to turn off your automatic watering systems. Turn sprinklers off if the system is malfunctioning or when a storm is approaching.
Encourage your school system and local government to help develop and promote a water conservation ethic among children and adults.
Report all significant water losses (broken pipes, open hydrants, errant sprinklers, abandoned free-flowing wells, etc.) to the property owner, local authorities or your water agency.