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April Showers? Keep them shorter!

08 April 2022 16:44

April Showers? Keep them shorter! | NI Water News

Spring has finally sprung and with rising energy costs there is no better time to dust off old habits and create some new ones that are good for your pocket and the environment.

Start by thinking how much water you are using each day.  Whether you are washing your hands, cleaning endless amounts of dishes or getting through that mountain of washing, you start to realise just how important water is and the sheer amount we use.

NI Water’s Environmental Outreach & Learning Officer, Anna Killen, explains how we can save water by looking at everyday habits, “It’s amazing to think that each day each person uses around 170 litres of water!  However, saving water can be really easy, there are simple things we can all do that can make a huge difference.

“Did you know that the average time people in Northern Ireland spend in the shower is 9 minutes, over 50% of people still overfill the kettle and less than ¼ of people have a waterbutt?”  

“We want that to change and it’s easy, start by looking at small changes for example, your kettle, since working from home it has have been working overtime, but just fill with as much water as you need. Overfilling can use twice as much energy and water, each time you boil.

“With rising energy costs, it might be time to think about reducing the time spent in the shower, hot water costs money! Why not try the 4 minute shower challenge, put on your favourite 4 minute song and see if you can finish before the end.” 

To help you embed with these new habits and ‘Get Water Fit’, complete our online water audit at or take part in water saving challenges and receive your free water saving items including 4 minute shower timer, toothy timers and swell gel bags for the garden.   

Some water saving tips:

1 Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth - A running tap can use 6 litres of  water per minute.

2 Use a bowl for washing vegetables - Then you can reuse this water for plants.

3 Make full use of your washing machine - Half load programmes on washing machines use more than half the water and energy of a full load, so wait until the machine is full before switching it on.

4 Fix leaking taps - A dripping tap can waste more than 60 litres of water per week.

5 Keep a jug of water in the fridge, instead of letting the tap run cold.  

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