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What impact does the water we use daily have on our climate?

Date posted:
15th September 2021
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Of all the water on Earth, just 3% is fresh water. Research undertaken by the Water UK indicates that most of us have very little idea of how much water we use each day. In fact, the average person in the UK uses 142 litres a day which equates to just under two whole bathtubs of water. 

It takes energy and resources to process and deliver water to our homes. What’s more, it’s also quite energy-intensive to heat it once it’s there. So, by using less, you can save money, help the environment, and lower your carbon footprint. 

Action you can take: 

  • Install a water meter. A water meter is like a gas or electricity meter and getting one installed means you’ll be charged for the amount you use, rather than charged a fixed annual amount. 

  • Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth – a running tap wastes over 6 litres per minute. 

  • About a quarter of all our clean, drinkable water at home is flushed down the toilet. Add a water saver into your cistern to reduce this amount. 

  • If you have a garden, get a water butt to capture rainwater. Your roof collects about 85,000 litres of rain each year (around 450 butts full).  

  • Use your washing machine/ dishwasher only when they are full. A full load of washing uses less water and less energy than two half loads. 


Explore more ways to save water and remember to share your good ideas with family, friends and colleagues. 


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