Did you know...
- An average washing machine cycle needs 60 litres of water.
- A dishwasher cycle can use up to 30 litres of water.
- Washing your hands 12 times a week requires around 25 litres of water.
Rain may interfere with barbecues, but water is critical to life as we know it. Learn how you can minimise water usage in the home, with these easy tips!
Saving water at home
Make showers shorter.
Choose efficient bathroom fixtures to reduce water usage. When you replace appliances, choose energy and water efficient models.
After cooking pasta, save and cool the water and use it in the garden and on potted plants.
Check for leaks or dripping taps and fix these straight away.
Make sure the dishwasher is full before running it. If the dishes are not very greasy, choose the eco programme which uses less water.
Always do full loads of laundry. Use the right amount of detergent and skip the extra rinse. If you need to wash a small load, choose the appropriate setting.
Hang towels up after bathing so they can dry out and be used again. In general, a towel can be used several times before it needs to be laundered.
In case you were wondering...
In many countries, domestic water supplies go through a series of processes, including screening, filtration, and disinfection, before it emerges from the tap.
The amount of water on this planet does not change, though it does get recycled. Water you are drinking now may once have been available to dinosaurs.
More than 70% of your brain is water.
After America, Brazil distributes the most fluoridated water. According to figures from 2015, around 6 million Britons receive “optimally fluoridated” water. Fluoride can be added to water, and some fluoride occurs naturally in soil and rocks.