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Water saving tips

Water saving tips

Please slow down, so there's enough to go round.

We’re currently seeing our highest ever demand for water. On the late bank holiday Monday in May, we supplied 758 million litres to our Thames Valley region – that’s a third more than usual, and enough to fill 300 Olympic swimming pools.

A combination of lockdown and the warmer than average temperatures for the time of year means water use is at an all time high. By working together, we can keep water flowing while the sun is shining.

Why saving water matters

We already use billions of litres of water every day and as our population rises, we’ll need millions more litres to go around. We can’t rely on rain because of increasingly unpredictable weather, and we can’t take more water from our rivers because we need to protect our environment. But we can care for the water we already have by working together to save water where we can.

A young boy kissing a shower screen which is covered in bubbles

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 you have 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, so this 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, which is the equivalent of five full bathtubs. Need help fixing a leak? Check out our list of approved plumbers to get it sorted ASAP.

Turn off the tap

A running tap can use six litres of water a minute, so this 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

Go green in the garden

Whether it’s recycling rainwater, skipping the car wash or turning off the hose, there’s loads you can do to be more sustainable outdoors. Your plants and lawn don’t actually need drinking quality water, so capturing rain with a water butt is a great saver.

Please continue to wash your hands regularly in line with the government’s coronavirus advice.

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.

Order water-saving freebies

Save water, energy and money with our free devices. If you don't have a water meter, you’ll lower your energy bills by using less hot water. If you have a water meter, you’ll save money off your energy and your water bills! You’ll also be doing your bit to protect our most precious resource. Kudos to you!

What we’re doing

We’ve worked hard over the last year to make sure our network of pipes is in the best condition to deal with demand, investing 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 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 a challenge to pump water from our reservoirs, clean it and deliver it to your home 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.