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Saving water at home

Due to our climate changing we’ve had some very hot dry summers recently, which has led to water saving interventions such as hosepipe bans.

We can all make changes to reduce our water use, which will reduce the need for more severe interventions. Using less water will also help reduce the greenhouse gases that are released from collecting, treating and supplying clean water.

Reporting leaks in your area

If you notice a water leak in your local area, you should report it to Thames Water.

Preparing your garden for drought

Summer droughts will become more common. There are changes that we can all make so that our gardens can flourish while also using less water.

  • Let grass go brown and grow longer to encourage drought-tolerant wildflowers
  • The average hosepipe uses 170 litres of water for every 10 minutes . An average watering can holds 6.5 litres. Use a watering can to save water.
  • A water butt is a great way to collect rainwater to use in the garden.
  • Collect ‘grey’ (used) water from your showers using a bucket or washing up bowl to use on the garden.
  • Water less frequently, and only in the early morning or the evening – this stops water immediately evaporating in sunlight and heat.
  • Mulch soil around plants with straw or bark to prevent water evaporating from the soil
  • The RHS has tips to help wildlife through long, dry spells by maintaining pollinator-friendly flowers in your garden, creating shady spots and leave saucers of water.

Reducing water use in buildings

Friends of the Earth and the Energy Saving Trust both offer advice and tips on saving water at home. This will help limit water shortages and reduce your water bills.

It is important to maintain and repair all dripping taps and other leaks at home.

To check whether you have a water leak at home – note your water meter and then leave for two hours with NO water use. If it has gone up then you may have a leak. Thames Water has a list of approved plumbers if you need help fixing a leak.