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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 think if every household got sent an information pack, telling them how to save water, but also estimates on what different activities use e.g a load of laundry in the washing machine uses 50 litres. Also children should be taught in school how to save water. If you can get through to them that they could save money, I'm sure people would start thinking about what they're using.

Hannah Smith
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How much water must be wasted while leaky pipes are waiting to be fixed and where does it go underground?

Louis Allen
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I have a question for everyone - do the 'push button hard and get a timed shower' showers in pools and gyms A) Get you to leave the shower sooner than you might have? or B) Have no effect - you have just as much of a shower as you would have anyway. or C) encourage you stay for one more push, then another, then one more, long after you'd normally have turned the shower off and got out. I have a horrible feeling I'm a C! Please feel free to just write A, B, or C for quickness of...

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When I was young there was no need to save water, we didn't have water meters and we never heard about water shortages. Since having a water meter, I save water because I have to pay for it, but also for environmental reasons in the same way that I recycle as much rubbish as possible. The people who don't save water are probably the same ones who don't save gas and electricity. The big bills should be enough to deter people, but some people seem to have money to waste! I think the solution...

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What is the most cost effective way to helps homeowners to get the most of water!

Louis Allen
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Just come across this eco friendly water saving device, it reuses the water from the sink and only uses half the amount of new water. What do people think?

Louis Allen
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agua é reliquia,entao vamos valorizar essa reliquia para que nao nus falte  

Ana Maria
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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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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?

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Slightly tangential to this challenge but a new product has just launched called Naked Filter by a company called Liquidity which claims to filter unclean water and make it drinkable instantly. Check it out here: http://www.nakedfilter.com If if it really works, and I have no reason to believe it wouldn't then it could have huge potential especially in countries where water is less clean than in the UK.  Also I recall seeing a prototype of a similar product about 8 years ago and so...

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