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Are you using water wisely?

The sun gods had been kind earlier this year.  June (and most of) July was a blaze of sunny glory, but even though the wet weather has returned for August, we still shouldn’t be complacent when it comes to saving water.

While most of us think nothing of reaching for the hose to water the plants or fill up the paddling pool, how many of us have kept an eye on water usage (and importantly water wastage)? If you are on a water meter you may be a bit more prudent with your water use, but even if you are not, it’s still wise to conserve one of our most precious natural resources.

The CIPHE has put together the following water saving tips to help you cut your water bills all year round (and not just over the summer months):

  • Fix any dripping taps or plumbing leaks - a dripping tap can waste more than 60 litres of water per week if it isn’t rectified!
  • As a general rule, take a shower rather than a bath.
  • Some showers can actually use more water than bathing (think super drenching power showers), so keep your shower routine short to save as much water as possible.
  • If you do have a bath, just fill it up with the water you need.
  • If showers, taps and toilet cisterns are coming to the end of their life, swap for water efficient models. If you are unsure, talk to your plumber, they will be happy to give their advice.
  • When brushing your teeth, turn off taps in-between rinsing your toothbrush.
  • Always turn taps off tightly so they do not drip.
  • Try to use electrical appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines when full. While modern high-end washing machines will calculate the load and use water accordingly, the majority of washing machines and nearly all dishwashers will use the same amount of water whether the machine is half empty or full.
  • Invest in rainwater butts to catch rainwater. This water can then be used to fill fishponds and water the garden – saving you money on your water bills. You can check out information on safely storing water in rainwater butts here
  • And don’t forget you can use that paddling pool water to give your plants a drink!


The CIPHE always recommends you use a professional plumber to rectify plumbing problems, or to discuss the water saving measures you can take with your plumbing systems. To find a professional engineer in your area visit our find a plumber tool