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Every drop counts

Every drop counts

It only takes a few small changes to make a big impact. Turning off the tap while you brush your teeth is a great example as a running tap uses around six litres a minute.

If every adult in England and Wales turned off the tap while brushing their teeth, 180 million litres would be saved every day – enough to supply nearly 500,000 homes.

In this section you will find simple tips to help you cut your water bills and fuel bills, and reduce your impact on the environment:


  • Use a bowl or put the plug in the sink when washing dishes or vegetables
  • Always do full loads in your dishwasher and washing machine
  • Use ‘eco’ or ‘economy’ settings on appliances as these use less water and energy
  • Avoid pre-rinsing dishes before loading the dishwasher – scrape off leftovers into a bin
  • Don’t boil more water than you need
  • Keep a jug or a bottle of tap water in the fridge so you don’t have to run the tap for ages to get a cold drink


  • Take showers instead of baths – most baths use around 80 litres, while a short shower can use as little as 30 litres
  • Limit showers to four or five minutes – power showers can use more water than a bath if you shower for more than five minutes
  • Install low-flow or aerated showerheads that reduce amount of water but keep the pressure
  • Don’t let the tap run when brushing your teeth, washing or shaving – a running tap can waste up to six litres a minute


  • Drop a ‘save-a-flush’ bag or bottle of water in the cistern – about a quarter of old style toilets can use at least nine litres a flush, compared to six litres or less for a modern, dual-flush toilet
  • Modern toilets can leak into the bowl, so you may not notice. To check yours, don’t flush for at least an hour, then place some coloured toilet cleaner at the back of the bowl and wait a few minutes. If the cleaner is washed away without flushing, the cistern is probably leaking.

Around the house

  • Stop those drips – a dripping tap can waste at least 5,500 litres of water a year, enough to fill a paddling pool every week for the whole summer
  • Don’t wait to get any other leaks repaired
  • Install tap inserts to reduce the flow but not the pressure


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