Every time you turn on the tap, you’re using water from your local rivers and streams. So next time you’re in the shower, take a moment to think what you can do to preserve that unique natural environment and the wildlife in it.
A lot of the water we use at home has been flowing down beautiful, rare chalk streams, which are home to hundreds of species, including otters, kingfishers and water voles.
But time is running out for them. If we don’t act now to save water, we could be putting these chalk waterways at risk. They’re already in danger of drying up, particularly in the hot summer months – and if that happens, plants and animals will lose their natural habitat.
An immediate step you can take to waste less water, spend less money and save your local streams is to sign up and claim free water saving gadgets at SaveOurStreams.co.uk.
By taking a quick five-minute survey you can find out your household usage, plus order devices to help you reduce it and book a home water efficiency check to ensure you aren’t wasting water with leaky loos and taps – none of which will cost you a penny.
The UK has 85 per cent of the world’s chalk streams – 224 –and 23 of them are in Affinity Water’s supply area, which is why the company is pledging to take care of these natural wonders with its Save Our Streams campaign.
You can do your bit for this mission to stop water waste, and Affinity Water will back you all the way – offering advice and gadgets to help you lower your consumption and your bills. Just head to saveourstreams.co.uk, enter your postcode and take the quick, simple survey about your water usage – the results will reveal if you’re wasting water and what you can do about it.
Shorten your shower. Reduce the time by 30 seconds.
Turn off the tap. Cleaning teeth or washing hair? Turn the tap off when you don’t need it.
Clean smart. Use the eco cycle on your dishwasher or washing machine.
Love your kitchen sink. Don’t block the pipes with food waste, fats and oil.
Reduce your flush. Use one button instead of both to flush the toilet.
Ditch the bath. A shower uses far less water.
But the easiest way is to sign up for personalised FREE water-saving gadgets and water efficiency check at SaveOurStreams.co.uk
After you’ve taken the survey, you can order free water-saving gadgets online. You can also book a 15-minute video consultation with Affinity Water for help with fitting the devices – they can save you 25 litres of water every day. And if you have any leaks, you can book a free visit from a plumber to fix them.
Getting that dripping tap or leaky loo fixed is one of many easy ways you can reduce water waste around the home. You can also encourage the whole family to have a quick shower instead of a soak in the bath – that saves around 40 litres of water each time.
Our rare chalk streams are home to hundreds of species, including otters and kingfishers
Use the eco setting on your dishwasher and washing machine, and run them only when full. While they’re on, brew up a cuppa (only filling the kettle with what you need, of course), sit back and head to saveourstreams.co.uk for more ways to save water, protect those precious chalk streams – and reduce your bills.
Need help to cut your consumption? Sign up for FREE water-saving gadgets at SaveOurStreams.co.uk
What one small change will you make to reduce your water usage?
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Reduce shower time to four minutes
Turn off the tap when cleaning teeth
Use watering can instead of a hose
Only use the dishwasher for a full load