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Water in the Home
Water is not as abundant as you would think.
Learn how to reduce climate change with our hints tips and advice on water consumption, water efficiency, water suppliers and energy efficient appliances.
Dry winters have the single biggest impact on our water resources. Rain during the winter months tops up ground water supplies while summer rain only helps reduce water consumption for instance by saving us having to water our gardens. Saving water helps by making sure that the water we do get lasts, particularly as it is impossible to predict how long a dry spell will continue.
Water shortages don′t just affect us: they can have a serious impact on our environment. The water that we consume comes from rivers and groundwater so every drop we use has a direct effect on the environment. Fish, wetland birds and other wildlife that rely on rivers, streams and ponds cannot survive if these dry up. Sources of food and breeding sites for wildlife can be lost and fish canÂ die through lack of oxygen.
The average person uses 150 litres of water every day. Much of this is accounted for by washing and toilet flushing, but it also includes drinking, cooking, car washing and watering the garden. We use nearly 50% more water than 25 years ago, partly because of the increased use of water using household appliances.
It′s vital that everyone uses water wisely and not just during a dry spell or if we live in an area with water restrictions. We must use water efficiently to make sure that we have enough water and at the same time protect our valuable natural environment, now and for future generations.
Installing a low-flush or dual-flush toilet
Toilet flushing accounts for about a third of household water usage: you probably flush away as much water in a day as you drink in a whole month. What you can do:
Switch to showers
A five-minute shower can use about a third as much water as a bath. But power showers can use more water than a bath in less than five minutes.
Use water-efficient appliances
The amount of water consumed by dishwashers and washing machines varies considerably.
New dishwashers and washing machines have an energy labelwhich will tell you how much water they use per wash, as well as how energy efficient they are. Things to consider:
Upgrade your plumbing
Things you can do:
Save water in the garden
There are many ways of saving water in the garden, for example:
Avoid pouring water straight down the drain
Ways to avoid this: