How much water should I use?

How much water you should use depends on the number of people in your household. We usually estimate this at about 160 litres per person per day. If you would like to estimate how much water you are using, use our water use calculator.

Why should I save water?

Saving water can not only save you money, but it also helps the environment.

In a dry year, we all understand how important it is to save water and with climate change we can expect hotter drier summers. This will put progressively more strain on the natural environment that provides the water we all need.  When the weather is wet, it’s more difficult to understand why saving water matters. Every litre used takes energy and chemicals to produce and supply and water is not unlimited.  The population supplied by Bristol Water is expected to increase by 25% over the next 25 years, which means all of us as water users are responsible for making sure we don’t waste water.

What is in your water saving pack?

We want to help our customers save water and save money.  Our free water efficiency equipment can help with this. Because the equipment helps you reduce the amount of hot water you use, saving you money even if you do not have a water meter installed, through reducing the amount of fuel used.
The pack includes:
– Tap inserts
– Shower regulator
– Save-a-flush
– Shower timer

Order a free water saving pack

How can I save water in my kitchen?

Drinking water
– Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap run every time you want a cool glass of water
– When making hot drinks, fill the kettle with only as much water as you need, you will save electricity as well as water

The sink
– Replace washers on both inside and outside taps, as soon as you spot the first drip! A dripping tap can waste up to 30 litres of water each day
– Rinse your vegetables in a bowl, rather than under running water
– Try to avoid rinsing dishes under running water before you put them in the dishwasher

Dishwasher

– Wait until you have a full load before doing your dishwashing, or use the half load button on your machine (if it has one)
– If you need to purchase a new dishwasher, check to see how water efficient it is before you buy it

Washing machine
– Wait until you have a full load before doing your washing, or use the half load button on your machine
– If you need to purchase a new washing machine, check to see how water efficient it is before you buy it

How can I save water in my garden?

There are a number of ways to save water in the garden:

Plants
– Don’t mix and match plants with different water needs. Find out what each plant needs and group together plants that need similar watering
– Water plants well at the early stages of their life to encourage their roots to reach deep down into the soil making them much more drought tolerant
– Don’t water too much. This can actually harm plants by promoting disease and encouraging slugs and snails
– Water early or later in the day and the plants will actually get the water. If you water when it is hot much of the water will evaporate
– Use pipes or old plastic bottles with the ends cut off to get the water right down to the roots
– A good layer of mulch will keep moisture that is there safe from evaporation and keep the top layer moist
– Get rid of those weeds! They are competing with your plants for any moisture
– Get a water butt and collect rainwater, a simple and easy way to water plants

Lawn/grass
– Lawns don’t need watering. Grass is a very hardy plant and will recover even from the driest summers. If the weather goes through a prolonged dry period don’t cut the grass as short
– Don’t use a garden sprinkler to water your garden – use a watering can or handheld hosepipe instead. A garden sprinkler uses 1 cubic metre (1,000 litres) of water every hour, that’s what a typical family would use inside the house in two days

Paths and driveways
– Don’t use a hosepipe to clean your paths, patios and driveways. Use a broom, rake or outdoor blower/vacuum cleaner instead.

How can I save water washing my car?

Use a bucket and sponge rather than a hose pipe.

How can I save water in my bathroom?

Bath
– Take a shower not a bath – unless you have a power shower, these can use twice as much water as a bath

Sink
– Put the plug in the basin when you wash
– Don’t leave the tap running while brushing your teeth
– Always make sure you turn off taps fully and if you have a dripping tap, fix it – a dripping tap can waste a whole bath full of water in a week. Replace washers on both inside and outside taps as soon as you spot the first drip!

Toilet
– Over a third of the water we supply to you goes down the toilet – so avoid flushing it unnecessarily
– Dispose of tissues, cotton wool and other such waste in the bin rather than the toilet
– When installing or replacing toilets, opt for dual flush or low flush cisterns
– Putting a water saving device, such as a Save-a-flush bag, in toilet cisterns may help to reduce the amount of water used when you flush your toilet. The bag may not be suitable for toilet cisterns that have less than 6.5ltr capacity or are dual flush

Order a free water saving pack.

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