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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. 

It’s not easy to think about water consumption. This challenge is to identify new ways to express water usage, ways that are more meaningful to people than litres or pounds.  

In order to save water or money people need a better understanding of how much water they use for different purposes such as drinking, washing and cleaning as well as watering gardens. 

So tell us whether you measure your water consuption. If you do, how do you do this or visualise it?  Hit the 'Got A Great Idea?' button below and get started! 

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Can we not consider ourselves very lucky in the fact that the British Isles is indeed one big oasis,and so where ever we go.virtually,water is on tap readily available at all times. Thus taken for granted and wasted by so many in so many ways as discussed on this site.==============Just spare a thought and realisation to how precious a "commodity" this really is. In MANY desert countries an oasis really is a giver of life,and for many who followed a false image,MIRAGE.LIVES WERE INDEED LOST.

George Richardson
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sometimes we camp a little bit illegally up on the South Downs. The limiting factor in these trips is how much can you comfortably carry without looking too obviously like campers. This means we really have to think about how much water we take and what the minimum that we can get away with is. usually it is a 2 litre lemonade bottle for 2 people for one night. - that's just for cooking, tea in the morning and teeth cleaning and a bit of a hand wash. We don't wash up- just use moss and...

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I have just been on a freebie website which tells you what free things are available, and I have discovered you can send off for a free shower timer here; https://www.savewatersavemoney.co.uk/products/view/3056/4-minu.html Its being supplied by Save Water Save Money who are the UK’s largest supplier of water saving devices! I thought their reasoning is very applicable to many of our discussions: "Most people in the UK spend over seven minutes in the shower. Just think how much energy...

Janet Bradley
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would it not be a good idea  for everyone to be provided with a meter type thinng to keep tabs on water usage ?? i know this could be an expensive start but would work out cheaper in the long run all round i think we would save money and water would we not ??

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In the latest episode Answer Me This podcast they discuss things that people do to raise money for charity including having a bath in baked beans. Check it out here and listen from 11 minutes onwards.  https://soundcloud.com/answermethis/amt309 They estimate that an average bath is about 180litres, and an average tin of beans is 450 millilitres which works out roughly as 400 tins of baked beans to fill a bath! I'm not sure if that helps this discussion but it's certainly a different way...

Roland Harwood
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Getting back to basics[ sorry!i hate that phrase].If you think of several hundred resevoirs throughout the british isles. The Kielder resevoir being i believe larger than any of the lake district lakes,whick=h are also tapped,the rest of the Welsh and English lakes,large and small rivers,saline plants artesian and old fashioned wells,, put them together and what have you got,That  "is a lot of water.

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I just recently got my water bill and did not realise am now paying for water sewage fees, Is this from my flat i presume, know vey little about this new fee.

Louis Allen
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I wonder how much water is used in an ice skating rink, must be quite a lot! Also interesting how they are made.

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This is the honest truth, i love this site. i have never commented so much on a site as i have this. Its great, no nastyness some daft ideas mainly mine but i am soo glad i joined and it was only by acciedent 

KEVIN TURNER
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I have no idea how much water I use but I also dont know how much electricity/energy I use.I think the main thing though is just highlighting the need to be water efficient in the same way as we are encouraged to be energy efficient .I dont think being able to visualise amounts is so important.

anita lewis
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