Since Capetown’s nearly catastrophic water shortage in early 2018, the alert was raised across the world to reduce water consumption. It is predicted that cities like London will have severe water shortages in the next 25 years unless populations stop increasing so quickly and water consumption per person decreases. Most water saving tactics can become second nature and will therefore hardly impact your daily life. Remember that your water consumption is also affected by your fashion and food choices, among others, so see our other steps to discover how you can reduce your impact on a broader scale.

  • Turn your taps off when brushing your teeth.

  • Only flush when you need to (not just for a tissue you used for blow your nose).

  • Take shorter showers and avoid having regular baths. Only turn on the shower as soon as you’re ready to get in, or perhaps collect the water while it warms up to water your plants.

  • Use a butt to collect rainwater to water your garden. Avoid using the hose pipe.

  • Use a dishwasher. It is easy to assume that a dishwasher is less efficient but technology has advanced so that they use less water than washing up by hand.

  • Fill up your washing machine every time to save water and energy (as well as reducing the amount plastic fibres washed away).

  • Fix any leaky taps or pipes as soon as possible. It is amazing how much a few drops a minute will amount to over a day.