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Saving Water

Phew what a scorcher.......ideas for saving water

Approximately 97.5% of the world’s water is locked in seas and oceans, too salty for human use. And most of the remaining 2.5% is in the ice caps.

So we humans depend on the tiny bit available as fresh water – an essential natural resource for life.

Britain's previous driest summer was in 1976, Dennis Howell was made Minister for Drought but within days of his appointment, heavy rainfall caused widespread flooding, and he became known as "Minister for Floods". The same redundancy will hopefully follow this article.

In the meantime here are some ways to save water and conserve what is a very scarce (and increasingly expensive)resource.

    1. Turn off the taps
      Save 6 litres of water a minute by turning off your tap while you brush your teeth. Fix leaky taps – and stop what could be 60 litres of water going straight down the drain every week.

    2. Shower with less
      Every minute you spend in a power shower uses up to 17 litres of water-  set a timer on your phone to keep your showers short, sweet and water-saving.

    3. Reduce food waste
      It takes a lot of water to produce our cereal, fruit and other food.

    4. Catch rainwater
      Installing water butts saves up to 5,000 litres of water a year - your plants will thank you for rainwater rather than treated tap water.

    5. Get a low-flush toilet
      The average UK household flushes the loo 5,000 times per year . Modern dual-flush systems save huge amounts of water. They use just 6 litres – or 4 with a reduced flush – much less than the 13 litres for each old-style single flush.
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