8 water saving tips for summer


Latest stats show that the average person uses around 143 litres of water every day. With our population growing by 100,000 people every year, we’ll soon get to a point where there won’t be enough water to go around. 

We can’t take more water from rivers without damaging the environment and we can’t rely on rainfall. We need to be smarter with how we use water, to protect our future and the future of generations to come. 

Saving water at home


From pool to plants

About to empty your paddling pool? Grab a watering can and water the garden. Grab some buckets and wash the windows or even the car!

Cool off

Carry a reusable water bottle to keep yourself hydrated on the move. Many local cafes and businesses will top up for free, so it’s a no brainer!

3, 2, 1, water fight!

Put buckets of water around the garden to refill your water pistols. Chaos outside, peace and quiet inside. And breathe…

Challenge your mates

Challenge your friends and family to a four minute shower, or a cold shower if you're brave enough! Prizes optional.

Swap your hose for a water butt

New water butts are almost unrecognisable from the old green plastic bins. From oak barrels to terracotta pots, there’s something for everyone. And it’ll save you money off your water bill.

Planning a picnic?

Summer salads, picnics, BBQs, and ice creams often mean less washing up. Save water, electricity, and dishwasher tablets by only starting the dishwasher once it’s fully loaded.

Water at night, gardener’s delight

Make sure your plants keep cool and get enough water by keeping them in the shade on hot days and watering them with a watering can in the evening.

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