Are you up for the challenge?
A person uses 150 litres of tap water a day - could you save 5 litres a day?
Water is life…
It’s the good stuff that keeps our rivers flowing and nature thriving. It’s the good stuff we use for drinking, cleaning and cooking. It’s the good stuff for healthy and happy bodies, and minds. And, it’s the good stuff that we can’t live without.
Save a little and help keep Bournemouth flowing. We can’t do it alone. We need everyone to play their part because small changes in water use make a big difference.
Share you top tip to #Save5Litres and you could win a £500 donation to a South West charity of your choice, and a £50 shopping voucher for yourself.
Find out more below.
Save water in your home
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
- Keep a jug of water in the fridge so you don’t have to run your tap cold
- Use a bowl for washing up / rinsing fruit and veg – then use this water for plants
- Have a shower instead of a bath
- Only use your dishwasher or washing machine when you have a full load (this will save money on your energy bills too)
- Only fill the kettle with as much water as you need (this will save energy too)
- Fix leaking taps and toilets
Save water in your garden
- Use a water butt to collect rainwater – it could fill up with water for free 300 times a year
- Use a watering can to get water where your plants really need it – at their roots and not on foliage
- It’s best to water plants early in the morning, or in the evening, when it will take longer for it to evaporate
- Mulch around plants using organic matter such as wood chip or compost. Use stones, gravel or sea shells as a mulch to dress plants in pots. Mulching is marvellous: it deters weeds, improves soil texture and helps soil retain water
- During dry spells, focus watering on young plants as they establish, vegetable crops and plants growing in pots
- Place a stick or other marker where you have planted rambling or trailing plants – that way you know you are watering their roots
- If there is a dry spell, your lawn will not look as lush but it will recover when it rains again. If it needs mowing, set your lawnmower to cut higher and leave clippings where they fall to act as mulch
- Spending more time in the garden lets you get to know it well – which parts dry out first, which areas hold on to water, what is in shade and when.
Get involved in The 5 Litres Challenge, share your top tip for saving water and we'll enter you into our competition to win £500 for a charity of your choice, and a £50 shopping voucher for yourself. This competition starts 1 June 2021 and will finish 1 September 2021 and we will select 1 winner.
This is a joint competition with South West Water.
Click here to view the terms and conditions for this competition.
Free water-saving goodies
ShowerSave regulates your shower and can save you money on your utility bills, even if you’re not on a water meter.
Buffaloo Cistern Bag
Insert into your toilet cistern and save water every time you flush.
8L Regulated Flowpoint Grey Shower Head
This water efficient shower head regulates water flow to a superb 8 litres per minute, operating from as little as 0.2 bar pressure.