UK residents may wonder why it is that we are told to save water, especially when it rains a lot. However, Sudan and Syria have more water available per person than residents have in the South East of England.
Perhaps more astonishingly, is that London has less water available than Istanbul per person. These facts are relatively worrying and are perhaps a result of a combination of both droughts and water wastage. The UK wastes billions of gallons of water every year and it’s not only due to the water boards not fixing burst water pipes efficiently, but the sheer amount of water wasted in the home and offices.
How we Waste Water
We waste water in many different ways, the main culprits being the shower and filling kettles more than necessary; once we have filled a kettle in order to make a couple of drinks, we pour the rest away. Additionally, we flush the toilet more than necessary and don’t turn the taps off in between brushing our teeth.
The many ways that we waste water this soon adds up and certainly adds to the cost of our utility bills; the amount of money we could save is quite astonishing and just wonder how much we’ve actually wasted over the years.
How Much Water Do We Use?
Currently UK residents on average use 150 litres of water every day, taking into account the daily necessities such as, cleaning, cooking, flushing the toilet and washing. The amount of water usage has increased year on year by approximately 1% ever since the 1930’s.
Reason for High Usage
There are those that would argue that this 1% increase year on year, is due to the ever growing population and is therefore, bound to rise. Also the additional equipment we now use e.g. dish washers instead of just plain old-fashioned manual washing (same goes for washing machines).
There are also those who would argue that water wastage is the main culprit for the sheer volume we, on average go through.
How Can we Minimise Water Wastage?
Household residents can flush the toilet less and when necessary and turn taps off when brushing teeth; don’t leave the water running. Also, just fill the kettle enough for the number of drinks you are making; fill the cups with after and add to the kettle to know exactly how much is required. Fix any leaking taps/shower heads in order to stop wastage.
Also, only use the dishwasher when it is completely full; only half filling a dishwasher and setting them to wash, will cost you double the amount of money necessary and use two times, as much water.
If you would like to go further in terms of saving water and even energy and in turn money, installing bottled water coolers in the home or office could be of huge benefit not only to your pocket and saving even more water, but the environment.
Future Generations & the Consequences
The main problem in regards to water usage is that if we carry on using or ‘wasting’ as much water as we are now, there will be significant consequences that might not affect this generation, but certainly future generations.
If water was scarce today in the UK i.e. every household had a daily quota, there would be a different attitude towards water.
Adrian, the author of this article has worked in the water cooler industry for many years and has some great tips on how homeowners and even businesses can save water.