Water is an important resource and wasting it could mean big shortages in the future. In the UK, the average person uses about 150 litres each day, but our water usage could easily be reduced by about one-third without too many changes to our lifestyles.
Water saving tips
- Consider a water meter as if you are a low user it could save you money. Also, if you are paying only for what you use there is the incentive to use less. To find out if you would be better off with a water meter, try out the consumption calculator on the Dwr Cymru website; www.dwrcymru.co.uk/consumption-calculator/welcome
- If everybody in a family of four replaced one bath a week with a five-minute shower, you could save up to £20 a year on gas bills and up to £25 on water bills (if you have a water meter).
- Changing your old power-shower head for a water efficient one could save a family of four around £80 off their gas bills and £120 off their water bills.
- A running tap wastes more than six litres of water a minute, so turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your face.
- A dripping tap can waste more than 5,500 litres of water a year, so make sure taps are properly turned off and fit new washers promptly.
- A Hippo Bag placed in the toilet cistern (older single flush types) will use much less water every time you flush. Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water supply them free.
- Taps with a low flow rate can be fitted to bathroom and kitchen sinks. Click point taps, where the tap opens to a low flow and then needs more effort to increase the flow are better for kitchen sink taps; aerated or regulated flow taps are more suitable for a bathroom sink; but all work very well.
Help with paying water bills
The WaterSure and HelpU schemes assist low income households that need to use lots of water, and those with incomes of less that £12,500. For more information contact Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru or visit their website at www.dwrcymru.com.