Waste, Recycling, Environment

Page last updated at 16:22 GMT, Friday, June 13 2014

Saving WaterWater butt 

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 to 

  • 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 allocated.

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.

Water Meters

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 changeover tariff which gives you time to adapt to the new charges.

Tips on water saving

Inside:

  • 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 shower head.
  • Use a low flush bag in your toilet cistern if it is older than 2001.
  • Put the plug in the basin when you are washing your face.
  • 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. 

Outside:

  • 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 waste water.
  • 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 instead!

Other Links

Visit 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 bills.

To find out about planning issues relating to water, visit our planning advice pages.

If your business would like to save water and be more sustainable visit our business support pages.

Top Tips

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 giles.gooding@eastleigh.gov.uk

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