How Much Water do You Use?

July 21, 2006 at 5:09 am

With a drought in full swing and restrictions in place, it’s more important than ever to try and conserve our water resources. “Try telling this to the water companies” some might say as they are letting millions of litres leak out of the system but this issue aside, we should all be aware of the amount of water we are using – or wasting.

BBC news have set up a water usage calculator on their site so you can actually see exactly how much water you are using in your home. It takes you on a tour round your house and garden checking your water usage for various appliances and activities such as the washing machine, flushing the toilet, watering the garden etc.

Check out how much you are using here

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Bottled Water a Waste of Money

July 7, 2006 at 4:34 am

Many people who spend money on buying expensive bottled mineral water, may be disappointed to hear that tap water is just as healthy.

The Consumer Council for Water has confirmed this and stated that as well as saving consumers money, opting for tap rather than bottled water is friendlier to the environment also as it reduces the number of plastic bottles going to landfill sites and reduces the cost of transporting bottled water.

Tests carried out by the Drinking Water Inspectorate proved that our water was the safest it has ever been with only 4 samples out of every 10,000 fell short of standards and 99.96% of water met British and European standards.

When looking at the cost of drinking water from a tap and out of a bottle, the savings are clear. It costs only £1 a year for one person to drink their recommended 8 glasses a day from the tap – a litre estimated at 0.1p where as to drink the same amount of bottled water amounts up to a whopping £500 a year – each litre costing an average of £1.

So, save yourself some cash, take advantage of the good quality of our water and help the environment by reaching for the tap instead of the bottle.

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Have you been Affected by Water Leaks?

July 4, 2006 at 3:43 am

  • Have you or anyone you know been affected by a water leak?
  • Have you seen water pouring away in a public place and no evidence that the water company was doing anything about it?
  • Do you have any photos of the leak?
  • Has your house been flooded as a result of a leak that was not your responsibility?
  • What sort of response did you receive from your water company?
  • Did they provide any aftercare? Did you feel it was sufficient?

Have your say! Send us your comments and photos below.

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