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Water Efficiency

With Scotland's climate, you might think that there is plenty of water to go around. But we don't get the most rain where we need the most water. It is not always possible to move it to where it is needed; it takes a lot of energy to do so and can have an impact on the environment.

We are giving away 100 shower timers to the first 100 customers to email waterefficiency@scottishwater.co.uk. The timers can save water and money on energy bills.

We've made some Water Efficiency Videos which should help you save water around the house and garden.

Some water saving tips are below.

 

Tip 1 - Make sure taps aren’t dripping, turn them off properly or replace the washer

an illustration of dripping taps

A dripping tap uses at least 5,500 litres a year. In a year that's enough to fill a whole paddling pool every week for the whole summer.

Find out more about using water wisely in the kitchen

Find out more about using water wisely in the bathroom



Tip 2 - Use a watering can instead of a hosepipe in the garden

watering can

A hosepipe can use enough water to fill two 10 litre watering cans every minute. Use a watering can instead of a hosepipe in the garden.

Find out more about using water wisely in the garden

Install a water butt



Tip 3 - Boil the kettle with only the water you need

An illiustration of a kettle

This will save water and your kettle will boil more quickly so you'll save energy too.

Find out more about using water wisely in the kitchen



Tip 4 - Use a bucket and sponge to wash the car instead of a hosepipe

An illustration of ca car

A hosepipe can use as much water in 30 minutes as a family of four uses in a day.

Find out more about using water wisely outside and in the garden



An illustration of a shower

Tip 5 - Take a shower instead of a bath

A bath uses up about 80 litres of water - a short shower uses only of third of that.

Find out more about using water wisely in the bathroom

Install a save-a-flush bag in your loo