World Water Day
Today is World Water Day, an annual event which focuses on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of its resources.
It is also an opportunity to learn more about water-related issues, be inspired to tell others, and take action to make a difference.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, the average person in the UK uses 140 litres of water every day – enough to fill a waste disposal wheelie bin. And once we’ve run this water, most of it is pumped into our boilers for heating, with showers being the biggest source of water going down the plug hole in UK homes.
By 2025, 1.8 billion people (over 20 per cent of the projected global population) will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world's population could be living under water stressed conditions.
So, what can you do to help? And how can you reduce water consumption in your let properties?
- Get leaking taps fixed - a dripping hot tap wastes energy from heating as well as up to 95 litres of water a day
- Fit a ‘hippo’ device to your toilet - place a plastic bottle filled with water in the cistern so that every flush uses less water - this can save around 1,460 litres of water a year for the average home
- Ask your water company to fit a free water meter - meters mean you only pay for your usage, so can act as an incentive to reduce water bills.
Of course, water consumption is mostly affected by those who are living in the property. There are lots of ways tenants can reduce their usage:
- Keep their shower short – you could fit a waterproof digital clock in the shower and suggest they set a timer for 4 minutes as a challenge - it will save money on heating gas too
- Don’t leave the tap running - turning off the tap when cleaning their teeth will save five litres a minute
- Run a full load - always run washing machines and dishwashers with a full load and on the economy setting
- Use a bowl of water for washing dishes and vegetables - running taps waste lots of water, so by using a bowl, they just run what they need.
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