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How much do you use?

Working it out

The national average is 150 litres per person per day and the Government has set a target of reducing this to 130 litres per day. Do you know how your use compares?

Water energy calculator

Take a tour through a virtual home and answer some quick and easy questions to find out how much water and energy your household uses with the Energy Savings Trust.

Audit your home

To see where your water is going, use our household water use sheet (pdf).

 

Activities and amounts

This list shows daily activities, appliances and the amount of water they use.  It's impossible to give exact amounts, as appliances and timings vary, but this does give you a guide:

Activity

Amount of water used (litres)

Bathroom

 

Bath

80

Ordinary shower

35

Power shower
(with pump to increase pressure)

70

Old toilet (deduct 3 litres per flush if the cistern is fitted with a water saving device)

9

New low volume cistern

6

Hand washing and teeth cleaning
(per person per day)

10

If carried out with the tap left running
(per person per day)

15

Kitchen

 

Using a washing machine (full or not)

80

Using the half load setting on your washing machine

60

Using a water efficient washing machine model

55

Using a dishwasher

35

Using the half load setting on your dishwasher

20

Using a water efficient dishwasher

22

Washing dishes by hand

6

Cooking and drinking (per person per day)

10

Outside

 

Using the hose for half an hour
(9 litres per minute)

270

Where your water goes

This chart has been put together by Waterwise , an organisation that promotes water efficiency.

For more information, see the Waterwise factsheet

This shows how you can get through 150 litres in a day

 

Litres

Toilet – 7 flushes at 6 litres per flush

42.0

Washing, cooking, drinking and brushing teeth

34.5

Shower (about five minutes)

39.0

Washing machine

22.5

Outside tap

9.0

Dishwasher

3.0

Total

150.0

Your yearly use

In our supply area, average water use is around 60 cubic metres per person per year. A cubic metre is 1,000 litres, equivalent to 220 gallons or about 13 baths.

Water use is measured by the cubic metre (1,000 litres)

Do you have a meter?

If you don’t have a water meter, you might like to consider getting one. We usually provide them free of charge because they encourage people to use water more efficiently and they are the fairest way to charge for water.

Would you be better off on a meter?

If you do have a water meter, your bill or statement will show you how much water you are using.

Press Office

Journalists can contact the Press Office on 01392 443020 or via email

 

Should you get a water meter?

Water meters have important benefits for you, for us and for the environment as you can have more control over your water use and leaks are easier to detect.  

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