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Water saving tips for summer

Water saving tips for summer

Saving starts with just a drop

We’re currently seeing our highest ever demand for water. 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.

A woman watering yellow flowers outside a greenhouse

How can I help?

Here are some simple steps you can take to reduce the amount of water you’re using, which will help to make sure there’s more to go around.

Recycle your paddling pool water

About to empty your paddling pool? When the fun's all done, why not use the leftover water to wash the dog, clean your car or water the garden?

You can even cover the paddling pool to use it again – an old fitted sheet is perfect for keeping your pool water free from leaves, twigs and bugs overnight. Reducing refills will help to keep water flowing, even when it's in high demand.

Swap your hose for a watering can

Save water and keep your plants happy by swapping the hose for a watering can - you’ll only use a fraction as much water as you would with a hose.

Alternatively, get the kids involved and make saving water fun by switching your hose with a water pistol!

3,2,1, water fight!

Put buckets of water around the garden to refill your water pistols. Chaos outside, peace and quiet inside. And breathe…

Planning a picnic?

Summer salads, picnics, 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.

Cool down without the cold shower

Instead of jumping back in the shower, you can freshen up and save water by using a damp towel or a spray bottle to cool off.

Remember to carry a reusable bottle when out and about so you can stay hydrated on the move.

Challenge your mates

Challenge your friends and family to a four-minute shower, or a cold shower if you're brave enough. Prizes optional.

Let your lawn grow longer

Longer grass creates more shade for the soil underneath, trapping moisture and helping your lawn stay lush for longer. Less time mowing the lawn means more time to enjoy the sunshine!

Wash your car with a bucket and sponge

Switching the hose for a bucket and sponge will help you keep your car looking shiny while protecting your water pressure when demand is high.

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.

Watering your plants at dusk or dawn when it’s cooler outside will help you lose less water to evaporation – meaning happier plants, and less time spent watering.

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.

Learn more about saving water all year round.