Saving water

Using Water Wisely

There are many ways in which you can save water in your home, garden and workplace benefiting our environment and saving you money.

In your home

Running your taps

A running tap can use six litres of water per minute so turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, using a bowl to clean dishes and wash vegetables.

Flushing your toilet

Install a Cistern Displacement Device (CDD) – this device can displace around 1 litre of water every time you flush.

Using a washing machine

Fully load your washing machine as a full load uses less water than two half-loads.

Shower duration

Have showers instead of baths and reduce the duration of your shower – to help keep track of time in your shower, try using a shower timer.

Using the kettle

Fill the kettle with only as much water as you need.

Watering your plants

Re-use water from your washing up bowl to water your plants


  • Fix leaking taps – a dripping tap can waste more than 60 litres of water per week.
  • Detect leaking cisterns - to detect a slow leak in your toilet simply add a few drops of food colouring in your toilet cistern. Don’t flush the toilet for an hour or so.  If the food colouring is present after that time, you have a leak.
  • Cover outside taps and pipe work as during the winter, taps and pipes are prone to freezing and bursting – lagging pipework will help to prevent this. 
  • Install a Cistern Displacement Device (CDD) – this device can displace around 1 litre of water every time you flush.

One area where you shouldn’t cut back is drinking water – UK tap water is one of the best in the world so enjoy it.  Keep a jug of water in the fridge so there is no need to run the water until it gets cold.

In your garden

Save up to 125 litres of water by using a bucket instead of a hosepipe when you wash your car.

Collect rainwater in a water butt to use on your plants and lawn, or to wash your car.

  • Did you know that it’s OK to let your lawn go brown? It helps it to build up resistance and recover immediately after rainfall.
  • Attaching a trigger nozzle to your hosepipe you will halve the amount of water used.

In your work

  • Educate your colleagues on the importance and practices of water efficiency.

For more tips on saving water visit the Waterwise website www.waterwise.org.uk

  • Find out more on the water quality in your area including information on how to save water

  • Water is important for your health, learn why it is important to keep hydrated and how it can improve your life