Last summer was pretty warm, actually its the warmest I can remember and while it was good to get out and make memories and explore the UK, its wasn’t great on our reservoirs.
While a few local area’s did introduce hosepipe bans, these were limited to location and length of time.
However, with very little rain this winter, if we have summer like last year, hosepipe bans will be more wide spread.
But if we use water more efficiently now, then we can stop this. In fact, we shouldn’t be doing it to stop hosepipe bans, we should be doing it for the good of the planet.
We may be a small(ish) island surrounded by water, but we can and do suffer from a lack of water.
So here are some small changes you can make to save water.
I personally think every new home and if possible existing homes should have a waterbutt in the garden. This is a great way to collect rainwater to water your garden. After all your plants have survived thousands of years with just rainwater, it doesn’t need chemically treated clean water.
Estimates show that if every UK household used a standard size water butt, it would save about 30,000 million litres of water. That is roughly enough to fill an entire reservoir. More importantly, it would also reduce the strain on pumping stations and chemical treatment works.
Please note, if you want to fill a paddling pool up for either the kids to play in or your to cool down in then this needs to be done using tap water. Water butt collected water isn’t safe for humans. Leave this water for your plants.
Gary from Sunshine Gardening says, “its best to water plants thoroughly once a week rather than just damping the surface every day. Just damping the ground encourages the roots to grow near the surface.”
To collect the water in butt and use it weekly to give the plants a really good water saving tip.
Use a watering Can:
While we are in the garden, use a watering can to water plants rather than a hosepipe. Gary says that “a hosepipe can use up to 1,000 litres of water in an hour, instead of mulching your plants and watering them early in the morning and late afternoon will mean they get enough water to survive and help reduce water use.”
Always use full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher.
This one is kind of obvious, but worth stating, every time you put a washing machine on or dishwasher, the same amount of water is used. So instead of just putting your dishwasher on when its only half full, wait for it to be full before putting it on.
As well as saving you water it will also save you money on buying additional detergent or dishwasher tablets as they will be used left often.
We can all do our own little bit to help reduce the chances of a drought in the UK in 2019. Around half the water you use is in the bathroom, so these handy water saving tips for the bathroom can quickly make a huge difference.
What changes are you going to make to reduce your water consumption?.