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One of the problems for saving water in the UK is that people aren’t sure of the amount of water they use. This makes it hard to know what they can change in order to make significant savings. And it makes it difficult to judge how much they should pay for the water they use. 

This challenge is to identify new ways to express water usage. Ways that can help people to understand how much water they use in their homes overall, or for different purposes such as drinking, washing, cleaning and watering gardens. So what new ways could we talk about measuring water consumption in these different activities? How could we more meaningfully measure the ways that we use water? How could the water companies help?

So let’s have your ideas on how to achieve this worthwhile goal. Hit the ‘Got A Great Idea?’ button below and get started!

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Most people in last week's challenge found it impossible to judge how much water we actually use. The water companies should make it easy for us to find out how much water is used in a typical bath, shower, washing machine load etc. Tell us how many litres for each activity and how much it costs.

Nicky Griffiths
by Nicky Griffiths
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Nicky Griffiths
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A fun & colourful sticker that can be put on the inside of your bath would be a good idea. It could show how much water it is sensible to use & it could also be made to look attractive to children so they will learn not to use too much water. These would also be cheap to produce & send to people in the mail.

S B
by S B
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S B
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Perhaps water companies could send a chart or a sticker with the average amount used for a bath, washing up etc with suggestions on how to cut down the amount a little.

S B
by S B
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S B

do you think it would be wise for water companies to put some sort of limit on the amount of water we use each both or year? this would make us use water more wisely. it could be determined by what each household uses with a bit of extra room to make sure they can't go over that limit and if they do they will be charged a higher rate or they receive a letter to let them know they don't have much monthly allowance left (just like a phone contract) this caused a bit of a stir among readers...

Andrew O'Connor
by Andrew O'Connor
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Andrew O'Connor

When someone says the average amount of water consumed in a country is a certain number of gallons, or litres, it's incredibly hard to visualise. I have no idea what a gallon or 10 gallons looks like. I don't think about it. So, I would much rather know how long it would take me to use the amount of water it takes to fill an Olympic size swimming pool - in other words I would like to be able to visualise it. Or how many Olympic size swimming pools of water do I use in a year? If someone can...

Janet Bradley
by Janet Bradley
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Janet Bradley

I have got a water meter and am told how much I use overall.  The problem is that I don't know what amount of water my shower uses, or my washing machine. I am sure that in this day and age it is feasible  that a device could be invented that would meter the individual usage of each one. The device could also meter how much water is used from each individual tap. I am certain that I would be even more careful when turning on a tap, if I could see the resulting reading on a meter. We are so...

Eirlys Evans
by Eirlys Evans
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Eirlys Evans

I'm not sure how it works but I know that in some areas of the USA (where it's very dry) they are rationed with the amount of water they can use & the amount they can store.   Maybe we should think about introducing some sort of measure like these, with safeguards to make sure that water is always available.

Hannah Smith
by Hannah Smith
3 Votes
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Hannah Smith

I live on an estate made up of a number of blocks of flats. Our environment is enriched by numerous planters and hanging baskets in the yards plus a community garden. Of course these require regular watering usually carried out using a hosepipe. The moving of the pipe from planter to planter led to lots of water soaking the paving of the yards. Last year I organised all of the regular gardeners in an experiment to see how much water was wasted. As the hose was moved between planters the...

ALSON BOWLER
by ALSON BOWLER
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ALSON BOWLER

The amount of had and electricity that homes use is recorded, water should be able to be recorded in the same way. Knowing how much water you use is a crucial step in starting to know where to save and cut back.

Mary O'Connor
by Mary O'Connor
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Mary O'Connor

I'd like to see on rain barrels the amount of time before you earn your money back on your water bill... or alternatively how water you don't use is the garden is used if you use a rain barrel....

Qualitycurls
by Qualitycurls
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