Why should we be saving water?
The demand for clean, fresh water in the UK is overstretched and the Climate Crisis is adding greater pressure. Heating water in the home significantly contributes to the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. Cleaning ‘grey’ (waste) water is energy intensive and extracting and cleaning our depleting water supply is harmful to wildlife, nature and society. As people use more water this puts greater demand on our water supply which increases the cost of water bills for everyone.
Tips for saving water:
- Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth – it can save 6 litres of water per minute! And don’t rinse your teeth after as the toothpaste carries on working to clean your teeth!
- Use the dual flush if your toilet has one.
- Take a shorter shower which can use up to 20 litres per minute!
- Put on a full load of washing – this reduces the number of clothes washes you have to do, saving you time and laundry costs too.
- Put a bottle of tap water in the fridge so you have cold water instantly without the need for running the tap through.
- Report dripping taps which can waste 15 litres of water a day.
- Boil the amount of water you need, whether you are cooking food or making a drink
- Use a washing up bowl rather than under a running tap
- Steam vegetables rather than boiling them
- Try not to waste food – a lot of water is used in it’s production
If you spot a dripping tap or leak in halls or on campus please report it to Maintenance.
Through the ‘Love Water’ campaign, we are partnering with many other organisations to raise awareness of the importance of water and the role everyone plays in protecting it, addressing issues such as pollution and wastage. You can follow the campaign page or #ShowWaterSomeLove on Twitter for tips.