How to Save Water

Water is a precious resource.

If we all do a little to save water, it will add up to a lot. 


  • Water the highest parts of the garden first then any run off will go to the lower dry areas.
  • Dig a small trench around trees to help retain water.
  • Watering in the early morning or evening reduces water lost to evaporation.
  • It's preferable to use a bucket to wash the car instead of the hose, saves up to 125 litres of water.
  • Wash your car like professional race-car groomers – use a dry-washing agent and wax. This looks after the paintwork and keeps the car looking its glossy best
  • Wash your car on the grass and water your lawn at the same time.
  • Don't leave the sprinkler running all day - use a kitchen timer to remind yourself to turn it off.
  • Sweep paths and drive ways instead of washing them.


  • Take shorter showers, every minute less saves seven litres of water.
  • Turn off the tap when brushing teeth or shaving, a running tap wastes 10 litres per minute.
  • Put the plug in the sink when preparing vegetables and save up to 10 litres per minute.
  • Wait until you have a full load before starting your dishwasher, use the eco-setting - saves 40 litres for each wash
  • Keep a jug of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap water until its cold - saves up to 2 litres per glass
  • When boiling vegetables, use just enough water to cover them and use a tight fitting pot lid - better still, use the microwave
  • Check your toilet for leaks - put a few drops of food colouring into the toilet cistern. If it appears in the bowl without flushing, you have a leak that needs repairing. Leaks waste up to 32,000 litres per month
  • Repair leaky taps, hoses or fittings - that goes for sinks, basins and outside taps too. This can save up to 32,000 litres per month.


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