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80% regularly waste water - WRAS study

Eighty per cent of people in Britain admit to committing at least one water-wasting habit regularly, according to new research by the Water Regulation Advisory Scheme (WRAS).

Around one in five (21 per cent) still leave the tap running when brushing their teeth or washing their face (20 per cent).

WRAS asked 2,000 consumers about their everyday water usage habits to identify the most common offenders for water inefficiency.

The water wasting habits British adults are most guilty of are:

  1. Not reusing water when preparing food/cooking (29 per cent) – catching excess water in a bowl to reuse can reduce water wastage by 50 per cent
  2. Taking deeper baths than necessary (26 per cent) – a bath typically uses around 80 litres, but by running a bath just an inch shorter you can save five litres of water on average
  3. Running the water while brushing teeth, rather than turning off the tap (21.4 per cent) – a running tap wastes approximately six litres per minute
  4. Filling the kettle up to the top rather than the amount needed (21.1 per cent) – a full kettle (approx. 8 cups) will take twice as long to boil and use more electricity
  5. Running water while washing face rather than filling the sink up (20.8 per cent) – a running tap wastes approximately six litres per minute

Other bad habits people admit to include having a shower after a bath and using a hose pipe to clean the car, instead of a bucket.

Julie Spinks, managing director of WRAS, said: “Although everyday habits – such as leaving the tap on whilst brushing your teeth – might seem inconsequential, making a few small changes can make a big difference to the amount of water we use every day. We’re urging consumers to change at least one regular habit to help prevent needless water wastage.

“Being considerate of your water usage will not only help the environment by conserving valuable water resources, but can save you money, particularly if you have a water meter.”

Author: Robin Hackett, editor, WWT
Topic: Water resources
Tags: WRAS , Water Efficiency

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