A mum from north-west Wales has saved 75,000 litres of water in just one month as part of a national water-saving campaign created by leading white goods manufacturer, Servis.
Ahead of World Water Week (31 August – 5 September), Servis launched its Start the Cycle campaign inviting consumers to pledge to save water in June, to see how a little change can make a big difference to our water usage.
Rebecca Morgan and her family, from Dolgellau, turned off the taps and got out the buckets to collect rain water, making use of every last drop in a bid to reduce their water usage at home.
The family saved nearly 75,000 litres by collecting rain, bath and dish water and using it to water the plants, wash the car and even clean the slabs on the patio. As the top saver, Rebecca Morgan was awarded a new Servis dishwasher.
Briton’s use around 16 buckets of water a day, which is around 153 litres and 10 litres alone is used in one flush of the toilet. As part of World Water Week Servis wanted to help make a difference and raise awareness of how easy it can be to save water.
Rita Balestrazzi, brand communications manager at Servis commented: “It’s been a great challenge for Servis to launch and to see the response from consumers is inspiring. We are delighted with the results and it has really demonstrated just how easy it can be to save water in the home.
“Every change can have such an impact, whether it’s turning off the tap when washing up or using water-saving appliances or appliances on a water-saving setting, each change can contribute to the reduction of water usage in households.”
To help others save water Rebecca shares her top tips:
Make sure your washing machine or dishwasher is fully loaded before using to make the most of the water in each cycle
When doing the washing up make sure you put the plug in rather than leaving the tap running
When running the tap for hot water, fill up empty bottles and use around the house for watering the plants or filling up the kettle
Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth
Try having quicker showers, you’ll be just as clean but without the dithering
Put buckets in the garden to collect the rain; it can be used for watering your plants or even washing the car
Use a bucket and soapy water to clean the car as opposed to the hose with an ‘endless’ supply of water
Fix any leaky taps – more water will be going down the drain than you think
Choose super-efficient kitchen appliances which use less water per wash or cycle and have a minimum A energy rating
Your water company can provide free water saving gadgets from shower heads to tap aerators – visit Save Water Save Money and see what you’re entitled to
Place a device in your toilet cistern to reduce the volume of water used in each flush (these are often available from your water provider)
Save water...give it a try and see how easy it is!
For more information about the challenge visit www.servis.co.uk.