Ten Top Tips for Saving Water in the Bathroom

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 14.43.22Up to 50 opportunities per day to help? Simply following half of these Top Ten Tips can save over 100 litres of water per day!

If the average person uses the toilet between 6 -10 times per day1, washes twice per day and brushes their teeth twice per day, this means a total bathroom use of up to 50 visits per day! 50 visits per day means a huge amount of opportunities where you can save water, and therefore money. Implementing just some of the following tips can ensure your part in the fight to save our most precious resource.

  1. Where possible, take showers rather than baths (as these use up to 3 times more water.) Replacing just 1 bath with a shower saves up to 25 litres of water. Remember to check, as some power showers can use more water than a bath.
  2. Always turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. This could save each person up to 10 litres of water per day.
  3. Put all the following items in the dustbin; sanitary wear, condoms, cotton buds, cigarette ends and plastic wrapping. Sanitary items can take up to 4 months to biodegrade and plastic wrappings do not biodegrade at all!
  4. Don’t pour chlorine bleach down the toilet. This can cause gases and pollutes water, resulting in massive water loss.
  5. Put a bucket in the shower while you’re waiting for the water to warm up. Use the water you catch for watering plants, flushing the toilet or cleaning.
  6. Check your toilet for leaks: put a dye or a food colouring into the tank. You can tell if there’s a leak that should be repaired if the colour appears in the bowl.
  7. Replace your taps’ worn washers to prevent dripping. One drip per second can lose 14 litres of water, per day! *When replacing taps, fit water saving taps www.tapmagic.co.uk have a great range to save up to 70% of water usage.
  8. Want to go that extra mile? Excellent! Fit your toilet cistern with a recognised water saving device. Most water companies provide them for free. This can save up to 4.5 litres of water per flush.
  9. Unable to replace your higher volume toilet? Simply place a plastic bottle (filled with water) in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water used per flush
  10. Are you thinking of re-fitting your bathroom? Choose an eco-flush toilet instead. This can save up to 60% of water used.

Sources:www.bladderandbowelfoundation.org Nov 2015 www.gracelinks.org Nov 2015

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