Page last updated at 16:22 GMT, Friday, June 13 2014
Climate change is already affecting the world's temperature and
weather patterns. We seem to be experiencing more extreme weather
with floods and hose pipe bans becoming more likely.
Our agriculture, parks and wildlife are likely to suffer.
We can all help by saving water! Each person uses about 150
litres of water every day in the South East which is equivalent
- taking two baths
- flushing the toilet 20 times
- taking five showers
- washing two full loads of washing
Water butt offer for residents
We have had a fantastic response to our water
saving pilot scheme. However, unfortunately this
means all the Water Butt kits have now been
We will not be extending the scheme and have closed the
registration list. In the event of any unclaimed Water Butts we
will be allocating them to our reserve list.
Our new water meters will mean that for most of us we will pay
less but only if you are careful not to waste water. If you end up
paying more you can request help from Southern Water from their
tariff which gives you time to adapt to the new charges.
Tips on water saving
- Don't leave the tap running when you brush your teeth.
- Fully load your washing machine before using it and consider
updating it with a water efficient model.
- Don't take a bath, take a five minute shower instead and try
finding out whether you can install a low flow regulator to your
- Use a low flush bag in your toilet cistern if it is older than
- Put the plug in the basin when you are washing your
- Invest in aerators for your taps to reduce flow without making
it feel like you're skimping on water.
- Invest in a water efficient dishwasher, fill it up before
you turn it on and use the eco or economy settings.
- Fill a kettle only with as much water as you need.
- Mulch your plants to help keep soil moist.
- Use a watering can instead of a hosepipe.
- Install a water butt and use the water on the garden.
- Pressure washers and garden irrigation systems can work
with most water butts.
- Water your garden when it's cool to avoid evaporation ie early
morning or in the evening.
- Do the washing up in a bowl and then water the garden with the
- Install a bath water diverter like the Water Two system.
- Plant drought resistant varieties in your garden.
- Don't use a hosepipe to wash your car - use a bucket of water
Southern Water's pages on water saving tips for help on
reducing water usage in the home and garden.
Check Radian Housing's handy Water
calculator to help you see how much water you and your
family use. This was developed with the Environment
Agency and gives you more tips on how you can reduce your
To find out about planning issues relating to water, visit our
If your business would like to save water and be more
sustainable visit our business support pages.
Download our top tips for saving Water.
To find out more, contact Giles Gooding
the Community Climate Change Coordinator on 023 8068
8274 or email email@example.com
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