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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3 responses to “How Much Water do You Use?”

  1. Mrs C. Clark says:

    How Sutton & East Surrey Water Co have the nerve to give tips on how to save water at home when they are clearly not interested in saving water themselves is quite amazing. Talk about double standards !!!

  2. Arjun Premchandran says:

    The water usage calculator works really well. It almost gives you the perfect reading.But for that we need to give exact readings to what they ask.I really liked the way they have brought this calculator out to the public.It is really fun using it.

  3. Daniel Totev says:

    In the past century water policies relied on the construction of massive dams and pipelines. While investment in these facilities can increase the freshwater supply and provide water for billions of people the construction of dams have serious social, economical, and ecological costs. Some implications of the use of dams are modification of the water quality, increased waterborne parasitic diseases, and reduction of fish yields downstream. Another issue is that people need to be replaced, to build new dams. Also dams are build where animal used to live and trees used to thrive. Dams could fail which may result in flooding and destruction of property and people. “More than half of the world’s large rivers are fragmented and regulated by dams, including all the largest and the most biologically diverse rivers,” according to new research from the University of Umea in Sweden and the Nature Conservancy in the United States. Many water problems occur with the development of dams, and present approaches may not be sufficient in the future.

    One way to save our fresh water is the utilization of rainwater harvesting. Water harvesting is the process of collecting rainwater that falls on our property and storing it in water tanks for future use. We can use rainwater to irrigate flowers, trees, lawns and other landscaping. Also rainwater could be used by people that like to wash their cars in their yards. People can substantially lower their water bills, and at the same time help reduce local flooding by introducing rainwater harvesting in their homes. In urban areas harvested rainwater can provide supplemental water and be used for flushing toilets and washing laundry. It can also be used for showering or bathing. However, it may require treatment before using it for drinking. Various methods may be used for retaining rainwater for future use. One common method sends the initial water flow to waste. The first few gallons are thrown away to ensure that the dust and other deposits on the collecting surface as well as any initial airborne pollutants from the sky do not end up in the water tank. According to Freerain, “a typical household can expect to save around 50% of their main water needs” by using rainwater harvesting system. While, the system requires an initial investment, it will save you money in the long run.

    There are many ways that we can cut the use of water at our homes. For more tips on how to save water go to

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