Water Saving Week 2018
Waterwise is hosting Water Saving Week for the fourth year running. As before, there’ll be an exciting range of activities to raise awareness about why we need to save water, including daily challenges, ideas and tips to help you do it. Search #watersavingweek on social media, explore the website to check out the daily themes, take on our challenges and get involved!
Each day of Water Saving Week focuses on a specific area of water use or benefit of water efficiency. Water Saving Week Packs are available for each day and include challenges, ideas and tips to help you save water in relation to that day’s theme. Click Mr Splosh to take you to the relevant page.
Why save water?
The UK has less available water per person than most other European countries. London is drier than Istanbul, and the South East of England has less water available per person than some African countries. Surprised? Climate change, population increases and changes in lifestyle have led to increasing pressure being put on our water supplies. As a result, it is more important than ever that we take care with how we use water. Taking positive action now can help to ensure that there is enough water to go round, for us, for businesses and for the environment.
Saving water saves money. Installing simple devices such as water-efficient taps and showers will save both water and energy by minimising the use of heated water. An efficient showerhead could reduce household bills by up to £120 per year. Leaky loos waste around 400 litres of clean water a day, and sometimes more – the equivalent of having an extra two people living in your house! And the way you use water also reduces bills – knock a minute of your shower, and use a water butt to collect rainwater to water the garden.
Our use of water and energy are closely linked. Operational emissions from the water industry account for nearly 1% of the UK’s total. And a major source of emissions is from using hot water within homes. Reducing the time you shower or the amount of hot water you use for cleaning dishes therefore has a significant impact on your personal carbon footprint. Using water wisely also helps us adapt to climate change – it means the water we do have goes further.
Half of England’s rivers are over-abstracted. This puts aquatic ecosystems and wildlife at threat. Using water efficiently means that we can minimise the amount of additional water resources being taking out of our rivers and aquifers, especially as demands are rising.
Resilient Water Supplies
As water resources become scarcer, building new infrastructure like reservoirs and desalination plants, or finding new sources of supply, becomes increasingly expensive. If we save water that is otherwise wasted, we can reduce pressure on existing infrastructure and offset the need for more. Using water wisely also makes our supply more resilient against impacts from climate change, such as droughts.
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