8 water saving tips for summer

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The serious bit

Latest stats show that the average person uses around 143 litres of water every day. With our population growing by 100,000 people every year, we’ll soon get to a point where there won’t be enough water to go around. 

We can’t take more water from rivers without damaging the environment and we can’t rely on rainfall. So we need to be smarter with how we use water, to protect our future and the future of generations to come. 

The fun bit

This summer we’re challenging everyone to save 10L of water a day. Think you can do it? 

Challenge family and friends to see who can save the most water and tag us in your water saving tips using the hashtag #10Lchallenge
If you’re lacking inspiration, steal some from our list below. Shh..we won’t tell anyone!


From pool to plants

About to empty your paddling pool? Grab a watering can and water the garden. Grab some buckets and wash the windows or even the car!

Cool off

Carry a reusable water bottle to keep yourself hydrated on the move. Many local cafes and businesses will top up for free, so it’s a no brainer!

3, 2, 1, water fight!

Stop your kitchen floor getting soaked and stop the tap running by adding buckets of water around the garden to refill your water pistols. Chaos outside, peace and quiet inside. And breathe…

Challenge your mates

Got friends over this summer? Challenge them to a four minute shower, with the promise that even the last person will get a nice hot shower. Prizes optional.

Swap your hose for a water butt

New water butts are almost unrecognisable from the old green plastic bins. From oak barrels to terracotta pots, there’s something for everyone. And it’ll save you money off your water bill.

Planning a BBQ?

Summer salads, BBQs, and ice creams often mean less washing up. Save water, electricity, and dishwasher tablets by only starting the dishwasher once it’s fully loaded.

Speed up bath time

Challenge someone to an outside shower, it’ll be much quicker and will save a load of water! The question is..are you tough enough?

Water at night, gardener’s delight

Make sure your plants keep cool and get enough water by keeping them in the shade on hot days and watering them with a watering can in the evening.

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Learn more about being water smart

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