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There are lots of people in the UK who don’t get involved in saving water. But there are others who care passionately about saving water, and change their behaviour to make most efficient use if it. They do things like not running the tap when brushing their teeth and taking shorter showers. This reduces water consumption and energy bills. 

Water is a finite resource. Water scarcity and finding ways to satisfy the rising demand is a big concern in the UK and is leading to substantial investment in infrastructure. But think what would happen if we all just used less? 

This challenge is to think about why people don’t save water. Perhaps they haven’t given much thought to the value of water and why using it responsibly is important…or maybe they are too busy or it is too hard? How could we get them on board and get them to prioritise water?

 So let’s have your thoughts on what's stopping people getting more involved. Hit the ‘Got a Great Idea?’ button below and get started!

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I mentioned in an earlier post that I remember back in the 70s when we had standpipes due to water shortages. The summers of 1975 and 1976 were scorchers. I was only 8 years old in 1975, so I don't remember all the detail, but I do remember we reached the point where we had to have a stand pipe up the road to collect water... the water was turned off to the house, so you could only use what we collected. It was boiling hot, and you wanted to take a bath every day.. but my mum said we had to...

Janet Bradley
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Some people like alot of celebrties will wash their outfits/clothes after just wearing them once, even for a few hours. Which seems like a waste of water and electric.

Louis Allen
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I saw the article below today about a new type of tap that not only saves 15% more water than an average tap but looks beautiful by producing beautiful water patterns. http://www.boredpanda.com/water-conservation-swirl-faucet-design-simin-qiu/ Of course the beauty comes from when you are running the tap. The real design challenge is how to make turning the tap off even better.  

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What if all the different regions water companies competed to see who could save the most water in their area/reduce the most amount of water each year then as a reward that region get 20% cheaper water supply for 1 year? :) would be a good way of being competitive with other regions and would encourage people to save water!

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The best idea,or way,as we can't make it happen,is for Mother nature to intervene,as she often does.If because of changimg weather patterns we got a prolonged[3 months] dry spell. We would start with bans,broken by many.Then stand pipes,where you have to wait in line to get what YOU could carry. Then water bowsers were you would be given a daily ration.Just about enough for a families  needs for drinking,with perhaps enough for a flannel to wipe yourself.NOshowers,no loos,but chemical ones...

George Richardson
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Most people who 'waste' water probably have the money to do so and just don't care. Normal people who have to work hard to pay bills and earn money, don't want to 'flush it down the toilet' (pun intended)   

Steph Meachen
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For washing you do need hot water. When my hot water tap or shower is first put on, it takes about 2 minutes to run hot. So that is about 2 minutes of wasted water. When you run a bath, you don't care, as those first couple of minutes of cold water will be absorbed within the mass of hot water. so how do we resolve getting hot water more immediately out of the tap, so it is not wasted?

Janet Bradley
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I think water is seen as an infinite resource that does not need to be conserved so to help encourage and educate people i think the water companies should run short and snappy TV adverts explaining the importance of using water efficiently and have good facts e.g. the UK used enough water to fill the Atlantic Ocean twice for example to make people think oh wow ok i should try and look after water a bit more. i seen really effective adverts for drinking safely and something similar for...

Andrew O'Connor
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Forgive me for saying this but IT IS A TRUE KNOWN FACT - That poor unclean water in third world countries has ACTUALLY killed more children and families than MALARIA, AIDS and MOSQUITOS, Shocking aint it - I have actually started growing up for once and realised that children that are dying at his rate is bloody disgusting and something needs to be done, I'M STARTING THIS CHAIN REACTION NOW SO HAVE A HEART. Just look at sites like water aid and water.uk and see if you have a heart or not!!!

Louis Allen
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As I have to use a hot bath to ease the chronic pain I suffer I am concerned about the amount of water that is going down the drain. So what to do with it? A couple of buckets of water are kept to flush the toilet. Some is used to hand wash items of clothes. Watering my pot plants is another use. Using some to wash the floors in the kitchen and bathroom. so bathwater does not only have one use!          

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