By 2030 global demand for water will outstrip currently accessible supplies by 40 per cent….
Water shortage? What water shortage?
It’s easy for those of us who live in the UK to think that lack of water isn’t a problem. After all it falls out of our skies fairly often, and in recent years flash floods have wreaked havoc in some places.
But as hard as it may be to imagine, the UK could face water shortages. According to the Committee on Climate Change we use 16 billion litres of clean drinking water a day, which is equivalent to 6400 Olympic sized swimming pools! Water companies can currently provide slightly more than we need, but not in all areas. In south east England for example, there is no surplus – meaning that in dry years there could be shortages.
Kinder Living is all about doing what you can, when you can. So here are some of the things you can do to save water.
Top 10 Everyday Tips
- Turn taps off when you can. Don’t leave a tap running to brush your teeth or for longer than necessary.
- Get drips & leaks fixed quickly. Over a year one dripping tap can waste enough water to fill 30 baths*! (*University of Belfast research)
- Ensure you have a full load when using your washing machine or dishwasher.
- Avoid washing dishes (or fresh produce) under a running tap.
- Have a quick shower instead of a bath.
- Boil what you need instead of automatically filling the kettle right up.
- Use a dishwasher! Providing it’s full when you put it on, a dishwasher can use less water than washing up by hand.
- Wash your car with a bucket instead of a hosepipe. (Or visit a carwash that recycles water if there’s one nearby).
- If you have an older WC, fit a water-saving device (available from your water provider) to save water on every flush.
- Try to avoid wasting food – many litres of water go into the production of the food we eat.
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