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28th January 2021
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Heating water is the second largest user of energy in the home (after space heating) and about 25% of the household's annual energy bill is from heating water - so reducing your water wastage really will save money, energy and water and reduce your carbon emissions, thereby helping to protect our local water supplies, plants and animals.
This week is the 20th anniversary of World Water Week, so what better time to start really thinking about the water you use and why you are using it?
Waterwise, which is also celebrating its birthday - its fifth - is urging everyone to save water, energy and money by being more water efficient in their daily lives and routines.
Since its inception in September 2005 Waterwise has become known as the leading authority on water efficiency in the UK and it fits in perfectly with the theme for this year's World Water Week which is 'The Water Quality Challenge - Prevention, Wise Use and Abatement'.
Waterwise is urging everyone to make small changes to their everyday water using behaviour, to collectively make a big difference. Simple actions like cutting a minute off a shower will, on average, save nine litres of water every minute.
If we all make simple changes like this, we can collectively save a lot. For example, if everyone in the UK saved just one litre of water a day we could collectively save enough water to supply 410,000 people with their daily water needs - that's more than enough water to supply all of Cardiff for one day.
Jacob Tompkins, Managing Director of Waterwise says: "The profile of water efficiency has risen dramatically over the past five years and now awareness is a lot higher, and even World Water Week is themed around using water wisely. We can all do our bit to help save water and look after water supplies, plants and animals.
"Simple changes in behaviour like turning the tap off when you brush your teeth, washing up in a washing up bowl rather than under a running tap and always using a full load in the washing machine and dishwasher can all help to save large volumes of water. We can also all invest in water-efficient devices when old ones need upgrading, and save water without having to consciously make the effort."
I couldn't agree more...
Water companies in the UK have always shown an interest in water efficiency and changes in policy, spending and attitudes have led to a step-change in water efficiency in recent years. Waterwise published a report on water efficiency activities in the UK earlier this year and it makes impressive reading. You can see it at:
10th September 2010