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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?
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.
To see where your water is going, use our household water use sheet (pdf).
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:
Amount of water used (litres)
Power shower (with pump to increase pressure)
Old toilet (deduct 3 litres per flush if the cistern is fitted with a water saving device)
New low volume cistern
Hand washing and teeth cleaning(per person per day)
If carried out with the tap left running(per person per day)
Using a washing machine (full or not)
Using the half load setting on your washing machine
Using a water efficient washing machine model
Using a dishwasher
Using the half load setting on your dishwasher
Using a water efficient dishwasher
Washing dishes by hand
Cooking and drinking (per person per day)
Using the hose for half an hour(9 litres per minute)
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
Toilet – 7 flushes at 6 litres per flush
Washing, cooking, drinking and brushing teeth
Shower (about five minutes)
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.
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.
Journalists can contact the Press Office on 01392 443020 or via email.
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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