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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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I already have one. But its come to my attention that most don't A smart meter is a great way to visually see what what you've used/saved on a daily/hourly or activity basis. Mine shows a tap dripping when water is being used - Fish of different colours to show use of limits and a cup that fills slowly throughout the day to show how much of your daily 'allowance' you've used. Its fab!

Steph Meachen
by Steph Meachen
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Steph Meachen

just found these water pebbles, never heard of them before , they seem like a great way of keeping tabs on water usage, has anyone used these before ?

mark burns
by mark burns
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mark burns

An Imperial Gallon is 277 .5 cubic inches A small box of twelve oxo cubes5.5 cubic inches.  so a gallon takes the same space approx as 51boxes of 12 oxo.   If that helps.

George Richardson
by George Richardson
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George Richardson

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

Need to see how much a shower uses in buckets, how much the washing machine, or dishwasher or flushing the loo uses

Sarah Sands
by Sarah Sands
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Sarah Sands

Perhaps hosepipe manufacturers could at the business end install a meter to, measure usage in liters,similar to those on an air hose at garages,and sell as an accessory for all who already have hoses.

George Richardson
by George Richardson
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George Richardson

For people on a meter, a cardboard calculator (a bit like a slide rule) which gives you the 'normal' usage for a household from 1 to 7 people over bill periods ranging from 70 to 111 days. You compare the 'norm' to what your metered bill shows then turn over the calculator to give a range of water saving initiatives - hogs, hippo's, dual flush, etc, - and that then shows the volimes that can be saved per month, per qtr and per year.

Lewis Jones
by Lewis Jones
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Lewis Jones

A standard bucket holds twelve litres of water.

George Richardson
by George Richardson
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George Richardson

The obvious answer is through a smart meter, but I understand that this isn't easy to translate the actual water usage.  So, perhaps it's a case of highlighting through a graphical display where a device is connected to the pipe where the stop cock is and then translating usage into something more meaningful and relatable.  I would use the largest possible measurement of water of bath displays.  This would work by the meter measuring the usage for the whole household, whether its through...

John Bristow
by John Bristow
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John Bristow

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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