THIS WEEK: At Home
Cut down on food waste. Given that the vast majority of the water you consume is 'in' the food you eat (i.e. by 'in' it is meant the amount of water used to get a food item from its original source and/or state to the dinner table), we could significantly reduce our water footprint by reducing the amount of food we throw away. The average UK household throws away around 20% of the food they buy, find out more at www.wrap.org.uk.
Wash vegetables by soaking in a bowl and using a vegetable brush instead of running the tap.
Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables and use it to water houseplants.
Put a water-saving device in your toilet tank – a manufactured water-saving bag, or make your own by filling a couple of plastic water bottles and weighting them with pebbles.
Fix leaky taps (faucets), including those outside or toilets.
Many water providers provide water saving gadgets for free! Contact them by phone or in writing and ask what devices they can provide to help you save water (and money!).