Water saving tips
Why saving water matters
We already use billions of litres of water every day. As our population rises, we’ll need millions more litres to go around. We can’t rely on rain because of increasingly unpredictable weather. We can’t take more water from our rivers because we need to protect our environment. However, we can care for the water we already have by working together to save water where we can.
How can you help save water at home?
From when we hop in our morning shower, to when we brush our teeth at night, it’s easy to assume that water will always be there when we need it.
But as our world changes, the need to take care of our most precious resource is greater than ever. To keep everyone’s taps flowing and toilets flushing, please follow our top water-saving tips while having fun in the sun.
Take shorter showers
On average, a shower uses 10 litres of water a minute. That means a 10-minute shower can use 100 litres of water. If a family of four reduced their shower time by just one minute, they could save £45 on metered water bills, up to £52 on energy bills and as much as 11,648 litres of water a year. Why not take the four-minute shower challenge with our free shower timer?
Turn off the tap
A running tap can use six litres of water a minute. Turning off taps when not in use is a really simple way to save water at home. Try not to keep it flowing when you’re doing the washing up, scrubbing your hands or brushing your teeth.
Fix leaky loos and dripping taps
Take the time to tackle little leaks around the house. A single leaky loo can waste an average of around 400 litres of water a day, equal to five full bathtubs. It’s really easy to check whether you have a leaky loo. Just:
- Wait for 30 minutes after flushing and then wipe the back of the pan dry with toilet paper.
- Place a new, dry sheet of toilet paper on the back of the pan. Leave it there for up to three hours without using the toilet (it might be best to do this overnight).
- If the paper is wet or torn, you have a leaky loo. An average leaky loo of 400 litres a day will completely wet the toilet paper sheet immediately.
Leaky loos are usually caused by a faulty flush valve or fill valve inside your tank. To check your flush valve, mark the water level inside your tank and pop back 10 minutes later. If the water level has dropped, you’ll know the flush valve is the problem.
If not, the fill valve may be the cause of the leak. If you can, look to see if any water is running into the overflow tube inside your toilet tank. If your tank takes a long time to refill or your flush isn’t as powerful as normal, that could also be a sign your fill valve isn’t working properly.
Need help fixing a leak? Check out our list of approved plumbers to get it sorted ASAP. Don't forget that if you have home plumbing and drainage cover, you can give them a call.
Go green in the garden
Whether it’s skipping the car wash or turning off the hose, there’s loads you can do to save water outdoors. Your plants and lawn don’t need drinking quality water, so capturing rain with a water butt is a great saver.
See where you use the most water
Try our water-saving calculator to see if having a water meter could save you water, energy and money. It will also give you loads more water-saving tips.
What we’re doing
We’ve worked hard over the last year to ensure our network is in the best condition to deal with demand. We've invested more than £1 million every day to protect pipes and predict and prevent problems before they happen.
As we’re key workers, you may still see us out and about. We're carrying out essential maintenance in our area, helping to make sure your pipes are in tip-top condition.
But in warmer weather, demand for our water increases. While we have enough water to go around, it can be challenging to pump, clean and deliver it quickly enough.
If your pressure drops or water stops
At peak times of the day, you may notice your water pressure is temporarily low. This can happen when water’s in high demand, and it should return to normal within a couple of hours. If your water stops completely, please check for the latest updates. If you or someone you know needs water to manage a medical condition, please let us know so we can provide extra support.