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In the UK we get water so easily that it’s easy to take it for granted, but think of how important it is.
We drink it, we use it to wash – when mum makes us! – we use it to brush our teeth, we even use it when we flush the loo! In fact, 80% of our bodies is made up of water! So it’s really important that we don’t waste it – otherwise we could run out!
So you can help make sure this doesn’t happen, here are some great, easy Water Saving Tips!
Healthy teeth, healthy rivers!
Turn off the tap while brushing our teeth – a running tap wastes over 6 litres per minute. If the entire adult population of England and Wales remember to do this, we could save 180 maga litres a day – enough to supply nearly 500,000 homes!
Short, sharp showers save water
A bath generally uses around 80 litres, while a short shower can use as little as a third of that amount. However, look out because power showers may actually use more than a bath! Try taking shorter showers to reduce the amount of water you use.
Re-use that bath water
If you do fancy a bath, all that water doesn’t need to go to waste. Why not reuse the bathwater to water your houseplants or garden.
Fill up those dishwashers and washing machines
Before starting your washing machine or dishwasher, make sure it’s full – that way you’ll help your family save money on energy and water!
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.
By washing your fruit and veg in a bowl rather than under a running tap, you could cut down on water waste easily! And as an added bonus, why not use the leftover water to feed your houseplants!
Rubbish for rubbish bins
Try to avoid flushing away cotton balls, make-up tissues and those pesky spiders – throwing them in the bin will cut down on the amount of water that is wasted by every flush.
Marina Ventura Inside Water is supported by Thames Water.
If you want to check how much water your family uses and get lots of hints and tips on how to save water, visit thameswater.co.uk/waterwisely
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